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Another "gotcha" moment for bible Spice.

Mean old Katie tried to make her tell us what she reads.

Permalink09/30/08, 11:56:50 pm, by speedy Email , 223 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

The Lunatics Are Running The Asylum

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a bold bid to revive President Bush's multibillion-dollar financial rescue plan, Senate leaders scheduled a vote for Wednesday night on a version of the bill that adds substantial tax cuts meant to appeal to Republicans when it reaches the House.

The Senate "liberals" are going to cut taxes to get "conservatives" to vote for a $700 billion increase in spending at the request of the "compassionate conservative" President?

I'm not even making this up!

Permalink09/30/08, 11:13:39 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 224 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

The Veep Debate

Expectations for Palin are so low all she has to do is show up and she'll be praised for her "courage".

She's the love child of Forrest Gump and Phyllis Schlafly.

Permalink09/30/08, 07:56:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 223 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Cameraphone pic by my neighbor K.B.

Permalink09/30/08, 04:35:37 pm, by icy Email , 249 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

John McCain's Madman Theory

From Will Bunch at Attytood. I really don't know if McSpain is smart enough to figure out this type of strategy, but I guess Rover's people probably are and they are running his campaign...

"I call it the Madman Theory, Bob. I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, 'for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry -- and he has his hand on the nuclear button' -- and Ho Chi Minh himself will be in Paris in two days begging for peace."

-- H.R. Haldeman's 1978 The Ends of Power.


Permalink09/30/08, 08:46:23 am, by billy b, 764 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Today's Markets

It's interesting what's going to happen next after the failure of the "save the world" "anal rape of the taxpayers and next President" bill.

Stocks are set go up, and oil's set to go down. No one believes there will be a run on the banks.

What if it had passed?


Permalink09/30/08, 07:43:49 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 624 views, Latest Posts 9 feedbacks

Latest Palin Gaffe

Can't Name Supreme Court Case Other Than Roe V. Wade

There are persistent rumors that CBS has "unreleased tape" of Palin saying even dumber shit than what's been released.

Today, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz reported on potentially embarrassing clips of Sarah Palin being interviewed by Katie Couric that haven't yet been aired. The Politico has more information on one in particular:

Of concern to McCain's campaign, however, is a remaining and still-undisclosed clip from Palin's interview with Couric last week that has the political world buzzing.

The Palin aide, after first noting how "infuriating" it was for CBS to purportedly leak word about the gaffe, revealed that it came in response to a question about Supreme Court decisions.

After noting Roe vs. Wade, Palin was apparently unable to discuss any major court cases.

There was no verbal fumbling with this particular question as there was with some others, the aide said, but rather silence.

Permalink09/29/08, 08:50:13 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 353 views, Latest Posts 11 feedbacks

What's Next?

Nancy Pelosi may have forced the poor Republicans to take another healthy ideological shit on America by pointing out the obvious, but "trickle down" has failed, entirely, and I'm a firm believer that you need to know what you did wrong before you can fix anything. An alcholic that won't admit (s)he's "powerless" will drink again, and a country that believes that if only those rich folks had a bit less oversight and a bit more money they'd start sharing it with us will fall for this shit, again and again. Short story long, without forcing America to admit that the GOP "philosophy" has failed there's no way I can support a bail out. Things just haven't gotten bad enough, yet, for us to live in reality and we'd be throwing good money after bad.

But the GOP line is "We won't support the leader of our party's bad idea, but it's all the Democrat's fault that it didn't pass."

The Democratic position all along? "If the GOP won't support the leader of their party this bill isn't going to pass."


Permalink09/29/08, 08:40:41 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 622 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Half a joke. Needs punchline.


Permalink09/29/08, 08:15:37 pm, by icy Email , 301 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

House votes against $700 billion rescue package

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- House lawmakers voted Monday to reject the historic $700 billion financial rescue plan, a sharp blow to the administration and bipartisan leaders in Congress who warn that the country is on the brink of an economic precipice.


There were 205 in favor of the legislation and 228 against. Among Democrats, 140 voted in favor and 95 against. Among Republicans, 65 voted in favor and 133 against.



Permalink09/29/08, 03:26:16 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 667 views, Latest Posts 18 feedbacks

Shooting money into space, iraq, wall street...

Permalink09/29/08, 03:07:12 pm, by icy Email , 249 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Some Stuff Of Military Helpers for Election

From Global Research --- Not quite sure of the ramifications, intent or reason, but it could be something interesting, like an October Surprise. We all know there is no telling what bush-boy will do. Maybe something regarding the COG -- Continuity of Government.

Pre-election Militarization of the North American Homeland. US Combat Troops in Iraq repatriated to "help with civil unrest"
By Michel Chossudovsky

URL of this article:

Global Research, September 26, 2008


Permalink09/29/08, 01:21:10 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 571 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks


Have you seen this?

There was a terrorist attack in Dayton, Ohio.

Children were gassed in a daycare. I don't think the media is going to cover it.

As the right-wing hate merchants spread their filth we stand by and watch as their ignorant followers begin to slaughter us. A shooting in a church, the murder of a political leader, and now children are being gassed ... all in the last few months.

It's long past time to shut them down.

Permalink09/28/08, 11:12:36 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 263 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

War Hero is an oxymoron

I'm watching "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train" on DVD.

Zinn was born in poverty on the Lower East Side and was a union shipbuilder at age 18
until he joined the Air Force, served on a bomber, and dropped napalm on a French town in WW2.

Upon returning he learned that the history of American labor, such as the Ludlow Massacre,
was not included in even graduate school texts.

He went South and taught at Spelman, the black college; where he was an early activist
against segregation, was targeted by the FBI, and was fired.

Active in the Peace Movement, he went to Vietnam at the time of the Tet Offensive, to arrange the release of 3 POW airmen.

He was beaten by American police while protesting more than once, and arrested for his words.

He wrote the Peoples History of The United States, telling our story from the side of the Indians, Slaves, Workers, Socialists.

He continues to contribute, from the WTO demonstrations to 9/11 to the Iraq fiasco to battling the Big Brother encroachment on domestic rights.

His wife of 64 years died in May.

John McCain can TALK DOWN to most of us from his position of age, from his wartime record, from his claim to a life of public service.

But Howard Zinn is older. Zinn's wartime service is less checkered and is buttressed by his subsequent activism against atrocity and mass bombing. His public service is tireless and less self-serving.

Where's John McCain when it's his proper place to be the student, not the font of wisdom?

Absent. Negligent. Complicit in the killing and abuse of power. Active in the lies.

I'll take Woody Guthrie, Howard Zinn, and Lloyd Wagner over a hundred McCains and all their money, anyday.

Permalink09/28/08, 10:33:49 pm, by icy Email , 383 views, User Posts Send feedback

Why McSame Was Such An Ass Friday Night

He's a doddering old fool who was playing politics and Obama and the Democrats called his bluff.

Boehner was blunt. The plan Paulson laid out would not win the support of the vast majority of House Republicans. It had been improved on the edges, with an oversight board and caps on the compensation of participating executives. But it had to be changed at the core. He did not mention the insurance alternative, but Democrats did. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, pressed Boehner hard, asking him if he really intended to scrap the deal and start again.

No, Boehner replied, he just wanted his members to have a voice. Obama then jumped in to turn the question on his rival: "What do you think of the [insurance] plan, John?" he asked repeatedly. McCain did not answer.

One Republican in the room said it was clear that the Democrats came into the meeting with a "game plan" aimed at forcing McCain to choose between the administration and House Republicans. "They had taken McCain's request for a meeting and trumped it," said this source.

Damn those Democrats! Forcing "the Maverick" to, well, act "Maver-icky".

Permalink09/28/08, 09:24:56 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 242 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Raid info

Timbuck said it would be OK to post this. If anyone is interested in raiding Hannity comment on this post. I have a private Google group set up for this so anyone who replies affirmatively to this will get an invite.

Permalink09/28/08, 06:18:41 pm, by first_church_of_bush Email , 242 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

McCaian's secret weapon : A shotgun wedding.

Just when you think the McPathetic campaign couldn't go any lower , they manage to find a heretofore unknown level of substrata.

In an election campaign notable for its surprises, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice- presidential candidate, may be about to spring a new one — the wedding of her pregnant teenage daughter to her ice-hockey-playing fiancé before the November 4 election.

Inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”

The notion that a stunt like this could "shut down the race for a week" , is absurd until you realize that the media would probably fall for it. Even with the all the important shit going on right now , you just KNOW the media wouldn't be able to resist a Redneck Royal Wedding between Bible Spices slutty daughter and her shit for brains baby daddy.
I can just picture it , Sarah and Todd with their "Sunday go to meeting" shotguns , Reverand Witch Hunter bar-b-queing a few "witches before presiding over the main event,Bristol waddling down the aisle, her belly straining the seams on her white dress , Levi in his best bib overalls. A regular Jerry Springer extravaganza which trailer park America will whole heartedly embrace.
And of course , talking about the kids will still be off limits , unless it's to ask what gifts the blessed couple want from Wal-Mart

Permalink09/28/08, 11:15:42 am, by speedy Email , 351 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Should I do this?

I received an interesting email, this morning. I could be rich! What do you guys think? Is this a scam, or should I turn over all of my banking information?

I mean, we should all trust Sarah, right?

Request for Confidential Business Relationship

First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. I am a high placed official working with Department of Finance (& Economic Affairs), in Wasilla, Alaska. I and three other colleagues are currently in need of a silent partner whose identity we can use to transfer the sum of Seven Billion U.S. dollars. This fund accrued legitimately to us as aid to the largest per capita recipients of Federal tax dollars, through our private connections.


Permalink09/28/08, 11:00:55 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 471 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Hanoi John McCain

Chris Rock says, when Michael Vick sees Sarah Palin,
smiling and posing for the camera with an animal corpse
covered in blood,
Vick must think, "Why am I in jail again?!!"

Maybe Jane Fonda has a similar thought-- when she sees John McCain,
who made THIRTY TWO propaganda tapes for the Viet Cong, while in captivity; venerated as an war hero.

And what-about the POWs who accepted early release? How do they feel about
McCain who, to this day, calls them "the slipperys, the slimeys, and the sleazys"?
They were broken. He was broken. How dare he sneer at them?

Was it really Honor that kept McCain from slinking home early? Or knowledge of his dishonor?

Disabled Vets of America rates McCain at only 20% on Vet's issues. (Obama at 80%.)
Iraq and Afghanistan Vets of America grades McCain a "D". (They gave Obama a B+)

I don't fault McCain for cracking under torture. I do fault him for cracking and
supporting Bush's torture policies.

I watched this video with a gnawing on-edge feeling.
Does it cross the line into swiftboating McCain?
I think it might. But it does also raise valid points I haven't heard elsewhere...

Permalink09/28/08, 10:12:30 am, by icy Email , 244 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 09-28-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Debate.


This week was the first debate between good and evil this presidential election. According to the holy Drudge Report, John the Good won with over 70% of the public agreeing, some people were so moved as to vote many many times for John. He should win in a landslide come November.


Are you optimistic bout the way things are going?
No, I never ever think of it at all

Dont you ever worry
When you see whats going down?

No, I try to mind my business, that is, no business at all

When its time to function as a feeling human being
Will your bachelor of arts help you get by?

I hope to study further, a few more years or so
I also hope to keep a steady high

Will you try to change things
Use the power that you have, the power of a million new ideas?

What is this power you speak of and this need for things to change?
I always thought that everything was fine

Dont you feel repression just closing in around?
No, the campus here is very, very free

Dont it make you angry the way war is dragging on?
Well, I hope the president knows what hes into, I dont know

Dont you ever see the starvation in the city where you live
All the needless hunger all the needless pain?

I havent been there lately, the country is so fine
But my neighbors dont seem hungry cause they havent got the time

Thank you for the talk, you know you really eased my mind
I was troubled by the shapes of things to come

Well, if you had my outlook your feelings would be numb
Youd always think that everything was fine

We can make it happen
We can change the world now
We can save the children
We can make it better
We can make it happen
We can save the children
We can make it happen


Lord God Bush smirked down upon the people and spoke. `John the Good will be my successor. Those who disagree with this are America haters!'.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that John the Good shall be Lord God Bushs successor. Those who question this are America haters. This the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink09/28/08, 08:48:18 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 209 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Palin's Profile on Dickipedia

Sarah Louise Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is the current governor of Alaska, Republican vice presidential candidate, a compulsive breeder, and a major lady dick.

The only thing Sarah Palin seems to enjoy more than having children is giving those children ridiculous names and inadequate sex education.

In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant, a feat that sounds a lot more impressive than it is unless you’ve ever met a girl from Wasilla, few of whom have either a full set of teeth or a vacant womb. She then finished runner up in the Miss Alaska pageant, a feat that sounds a lot more impressive than it is considering the state is nearly 75% male.

Sarah Palin’s political views are totally cribbed from the "Focus on the Family" website. Pro-life, unless you’re talking about the life of a criminal; limited government involvement in people’s lives, unless those people have a uterus or are gay and want to get married; and guns for whoever wants them, as many as they like, unless they look Islamic, in which case they should be detained indefinitely, preferably naked and arranged in a human pyramid.

Palin married her high school boyfriend Todd—a very common dick name—in 1988 when she was 24, and, if you do the math, also knocked-up. The couple has five children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, and Trig. Should she birth any further issue—and she very well might—it is entirely possible she will name it Trix Rabbit Palin.

Permalink09/28/08, 12:52:17 am, by bsa Email , 217 views, User Posts 1 feedback

I Stand Corrected

It wasn't a tie.

Permalink09/27/08, 11:04:16 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 201 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

$25 Billion Bailout for US Auto Industry

Permalink09/27/08, 05:47:20 pm, by oralloy Email , 158 views, User Posts 1 feedback

"It's welfare for the rich."

Permalink09/27/08, 05:24:16 pm, by icy Email , 201 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

What Obama SHOULD have said.

Leave it to the Rude One.

If at tonight's debate, Jim Lehrer asks Barack Obama, "How do you answer your critics who say you lack the experience necessary to be President?" and the Democratic candidate doesn't say, "Experience? Are you fucking kidding me, Jim? Let's get that out of the way real quick. The Crypt Keeper over there chose as a running mate a fucking idiot who couldn't find Pakistan on a map even if it had a giant cock-shaped neon arrow pointing at it saying, 'It's here, bitch.' A fucking moose-slaughtering tool who thinks that Russia gives a happy monkey fuck about Alaska. So let's just shove that thought aside. And as for experience, that dead Eisenhower-looking motherfucker's been around DC for three decades, and his party had no holds barred power for six of the last eight. Where did that get us? No, no, fuck that.

"Now lemme say somethin' here directly to Johnny Maverick. Your America failed. Your version of this country, where we go and fight bullshit wars and where rich people are gonna be all generous with their money and where businesses will take care of themselves, that shit failed. It's done, Johnny Maverick. And this fuckin' wreckage is owned by the Republican president and the Republican Congress, and that includes you, motherfucker. You still stink of this shit, and no matter how hard you try to run, those gimpy little legs can't get you far enough away so that you don't smell like Uncle Sam just took a dump on you. You own this. You think you can just put it aside like some out-of-wedlock baby and wait for the DNA test to make you pay child support? No, motherfucker. You broke it, you bought it, you gotta carry it around with you. Every time you got down on those broken knees in front of George W. Bush and was first in line to take his dick in your mouth, you owned another piece of it, and now that he's come, you wanna spit? Fuck you. Swallow that shit, bitch.

Permalink09/27/08, 04:56:47 pm, by speedy Email , 227 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Palin’s Words Raise Red Flags

by Bob Herbert

Rephrasing: If you knew there was an unqualified co-pilot in the cockpit of a jetliner with a 72 year old pilot with known health issues, would you get on the plane?

Permalink09/27/08, 10:27:50 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 257 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

RIP Paul Newman Jan 26, 1925 - Sept 26, 2008

Legendary actor Paul Newman dies at age 83

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A spokeswoman for screen legend Paul Newman says the actor has died at age 83.

Spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic says Newman died Friday of cancer. No other details were immediately available.

Newman was nominated for Academy Awards 10 times, winning a regular Oscar in 1987 for "The Color of Money" and two honorary ones. He was equally at home in comedies such as "The Sting" and dramas such as "Hud."

He sometimes teamed with his wife, Joanne Woodward, also an Oscar winner for the 1957 film "Three Faces of Eve."

Permalink09/27/08, 10:13:06 am, by icarol Email , 219 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Straight Talk Express derails

The LA Times factcheck of the debate-- shows McCain wrong or lying more.

The article lists several cases of 'they're both right' without noting that McCain repeatedly insisted that only-he was right. Whereas Obama repeatedly acknowledged the degree to which McCain was right/ and then specified where they differ.

In other words, they weren't -really- "both right". Because Obama was the only one who correctly said "we're both right". While McCain wrongly asserted "only I am right".

Is that the definition of 'straight talk'? ...making simple, clear (but false) statements?

And so Obama's not Straight Talkin', because his words are complex and labryinthine (but true)?

If so, then McCain's straight talk = Colbert's "truthiness".

When reality is complex, only liars have simple answers.

Permalink09/27/08, 04:09:51 am, by icy Email , 244 views, User Posts 15 feedbacks

Is McSame Losing It?

Am I seeing things or do you guys think that McSame is losing it tonight? He doesn't look good at all. He isn't very animated at all, by and large Obama is more animated then McSame is. McSame also doesn’t like being challenged and it shows. He can grin all he wants but you can tell he isn't happy at all. While Obama started slow and a bit hesitant, he gained his footing very early on. Obama is stronger then McSame, at least that's the way it seems to me.

Permalink09/26/08, 10:00:33 pm, by icarol Email , 424 views, User Posts 33 feedbacks

Republican base to attend debate.

What do you expect in Mississippi ?

Now that John McCain has decided to attend Friday night's debate, Ole Miss should be able to breathe easy. The presidential debate, after all, is supposed to be Ole Miss's big moment. Hosting the first such forum of the general campaign, administrators hoped, would help the school shed the racial-backwater image that has clung to it since its embattled 1962 integration, when 120 federal marshals could barely hold back the violent riots that left two civilians dead and dozens injured. The fact that the debate participants will include Barack Obama, the nation's first black presidential nominee of a major party, would only add to the symbolism. The high-profile event is a chance "to invite the nation and the world to visit us and see Ole Miss today," says university chancellor Robert Khayat. "This is a very different place from 1962. I'm confident that they will see that." (Click here for photos of Barack Obama's family tree.)

That might, however, be very hard to see if, as the University's Daily Mississippian newspaper reported on Sept. 12, the audience of thousands right outside the debate hall watching by simulcast includes some unwelcome guests: the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The Klansmen won't be wearing robes or hoods or making "a big hoopla," says Imperial Wizard Richard Greene, 46, who refuses to divulge how many members the Mississippi chapter has. Nor will they take advantage of the designated protest zone outside the debate theater to stage one of their typical demonstrations — which include fiery speeches and a cross burning — for fear of causing riots. "We don't want anybody to get hurt," says Greene, who insists physical violence is no longer part of the Klan way of doing things. But Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which studies hate groups and extremism in America, disagrees: "That's hogwash," he says, citing a lawsuit under way against a different Klan branch, the Imperial Klans of America, for allegedly assaulting a teenager at a county fair in Kentucky.

The Klan will, however, have pamphlets and membership applications on hand for any audience members who happen to share the Klansmen's views. Some examples of those views: Obama's election "could be the destruction of America," says Greene, who states categorically that he would not vote for a black candidate. Says the Emperor of the Mississippi White Knights (the group's ritual leader), who asked not to be identified: "Locally, every place that has come under black rule has declined, and has declined sharply." He cited Jackson, Miss., and Washington, D.C., as examples. "Not all black people are particularly bad people," the emperor adds. But leadership, he asserts, "is just not in their character ... it's just not in their ability." The Obama campaign did not return requests for comment.

Would these fuckers die already?

Permalink09/26/08, 08:47:38 pm, by speedy Email , 166 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Mint suspends sale of 24-karat gold coins

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Mint is temporarily halting sales of its popular American Buffalo 24-karat gold coins because it can't keep up with soaring demand as investors seek the safety of gold amid economic turbulence.

Mint spokesman Michael White said Friday that the sales were being suspended because demand for the coins, which were first introduced in 2006, has exceeded supply and the Mint's inventory of the coins has been depleted.

The Mint had to temporarily suspend sales of its American Eagle one-ounce gold coins on Aug. 15 and later that month announced sales of the American Eagle coins would resume under an allocation program to designated dealers.

White said the Mint expects to soon start distributing available Buffalo gold coins through a similar allocation program.

I'm not sure I'd advise anyone to buy gold now, anyway. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, it was a good investment as long as it was below $800.

$877.80, right now.

Permalink09/26/08, 08:38:21 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 357 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Jack Cafferty on Palin : "Pathetic".

He rips Bible Spice , then smacks down Leslie Blitzer. A Twofer !

Permalink09/26/08, 08:15:23 pm, by speedy Email , 200 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

GOP Speak

I could use some help on this. A list of words and their meaning within GOP circles:

"Bigotry" - Something practiced by a hateful world in order to prevent white, heterosexual couples with oodles of kids from moving into a bigger McMansion.

"Brazil" - A country composed entirely of white people.

"Brazillion" - The amount of money (i.e. "A Brazillion Dollars") needed to bail out Wall Street.

"Christian" - Someone who believe that the most violent, bloody parts of the old testament, especially the parts about "using" the earth, are factually accurate in every way but virtually all of the new testament should be ignored as "too libruhl". Always votes Republican.

"Crisis" - Any transient event that can be used to distract "the libruhl media" from reporting on the latest GOP error in judgement.

"Free market" - Taxpayer supported inequity that allows the wealthiest to use all the resources while the rest of the citizens pay for them.

"Global Climate Change" - Something that's definitely not happening, but if it is it's not our fault.

"Nuclear" - Detonating fissile or fusionable material on your neighbor, Ler. (Get it? Nuke-ya-ler? ==> Nuke your Ler? OK, that one stinks. Lemme try again.)

"Nuclear" - A secret code word used to indicate you're in "the club" (and drive "libruhls" nunts) by mispronouncing it "nuke-ya-ler" instead of the correct pronunciation, "new-klee-er").

"Qualified" - 1) Moderately attractive. 2) Might be fun to have a beer with.

"War" - Political advantage gained by sending the children of the poor and middle class off to a foreign country to be shot at.

I'm sure there are more.

Permalink09/26/08, 03:52:11 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 229 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Sarah Palin Unplugged

Kevin Drum

Look, this is just getting scary. I don't care how partisan you are, you can't watch this clip from Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric without wondering if she's completely cracked under the pressure of running for vice president. The question is a simple softball about the bailout — something she's had weeks to bone up on — but her answer is incoherent. Not just the usual platitudes politicians offer when they don't feel like answering a tough query, but completely incoherent. Hell, it's barely even in English.

I don't even feel right making snarky jokes about this stuff anymore. This campaign has gone seriously off the rails. I've never seen anything like it, but everyone is still nattering on as if this is business as usual. If it is, though, we've already entered the world of Idiocracy and we might as well all just give up and enjoy our super-size Slurpees while we can.


"Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States."

Permalink09/26/08, 03:08:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 308 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Blast from the past

"The past" being "yesterday"...

Permalink09/26/08, 02:57:45 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 205 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

New Sarah Palin Clip: Keeping An Eye On Putin

Here's a part of the Katie Couric/Para Sailin' interview. Get a load of what this moron says about Putin. She really said this, I saw the interview.

Katie Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don't know, you know … reporters.

Couric: Mocked?

Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.


Permalink09/26/08, 08:03:20 am, by billy b, 452 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks


Summary: No deal has been reached, thanks largely to the WH and the GOP "coalition" not being in agreement, another (huge) bank has failed, the volatility of the stock market continues to have a negative impact on investment, and John McShitty has proven he would be a more divisive leader than li'l George the sock puppet.


Permalink09/26/08, 07:42:23 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 608 views, Latest Posts 7 feedbacks

Your vote counts. Choose one.

Permalink09/25/08, 06:35:01 pm, by icy Email , 210 views, User Posts 1 feedback



Permalink09/25/08, 06:32:20 pm, by icy Email , 277 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks


"The Top Ten Questions People are Asking The John McCain Campaign":

10. "I just contributed to your campaign -- how do I get a refund?"

9. "It's Sarah Palin -- does this mean I'm pars'dent?"

8. "Can't you solve this by selling some of your houses?"

7. "This is Clay Aiken. Is McCain single?"

6. "Do you still think the fundamentals of our economy are strong, Genius?"

5. "Are you doing all of this just to get out of going on Letterman?"

4. "What would Matlock do?"

3. "Hillary here -- my schedule is free Friday night."

2. "Is this just an excuse to catch up on napping?"

1. "This is President Bush -- what's all this trouble with the economy?"

Permalink09/25/08, 05:43:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 201 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

From least to most corrupt.

Take a look at this bullshit, of 180 countries rated from 1 to 10 on how corrupt their governments supposedly are.
"Transparency International"

Permalink09/25/08, 12:51:48 pm, by lewagner Email , 227 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks


Permalink09/25/08, 09:53:13 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 1048 views, Blogroll Send feedback

Thoughts on a Bailout

Let's start here; it's never been any secret that the goal of the GOP is to put an end to "entitlements", specifically Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. They may say that they "only" want to "privatize" a few percent of SS, but that's a step on the longer journey to it's destruction.

Next up, a "bail out" proposed by a WH that has politicized everything it has done. Even this "crisis" in the housing market was either initiated by, or accelerated by, the GOP's desire to establish a "permanent majority". The stated goal of "The American Dream Downpayment Initiative" is "to increase the homeownership rate, especially among lower income and minority households". It is not a mistake to believe that this was a cynical attempt to win over those "minority" voters in an era when caucasians are about to become a "minority majority". You can add "at any cost" to this, as well as "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, we want to remove the ability to fund SS and medicare, anyway."

So, what's to lose and what's to be gained by funding this bailout of some of the (formerly) wealthiest firms on Wall Street?


Permalink09/25/08, 08:04:27 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 555 views, Latest Posts 9 feedbacks

full metal retard

Permalink09/25/08, 04:38:32 am, by icy Email , 202 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Epic FAILin

I've seen deeper houseplants.
Marge Gunderson goes full retard.

Permalink09/24/08, 11:28:51 pm, by speedy Email , 209 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Reverse psychology at it's finest.

Kudos to Cambell Brown for turning the sexism charge right back on McPOW for hiding Caribou Barbie from any real press exposure. She deserves some kind of award for keeping a straight face while she does it too.

Permalink09/24/08, 06:28:05 pm, by speedy Email , 185 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

A Loser's Desperate Political Stunt

McCain suspends campaign to work on Wall Street plan buy time for his unprepared running mate

Can anyone take a Presidential candidate who can't do two things at once seriously, any more?


Permalink09/24/08, 05:16:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 537 views, Latest Posts 14 feedbacks


Boy, ya hit one wrong button and the blog goes down for a day...

Permalink09/24/08, 01:29:16 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 268 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

YouTube and StrikeThrough

A couple of things about posting, since you asked.


Permalink09/23/08, 07:46:43 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 867 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

How to deal with a dickish CEO

Guess the CEO should have asked for some golden body armor, and a golden crash helmet.

Corporate India is in shock after a mob of sacked workers bludgeoned to death the chief executive who had dismissed them from a factory in a suburb of Delhi.

Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, the head of the Indian operations of Graziano Transmissioni, an Italian-headquartered manufacturer of car parts, died of severe head wounds on Monday afternoon after being attacked by scores of laid-off employees, police said.

The incident, in Greater Noida, just outside the Indian capital, followed a long-running dispute between the factory’s management and workers who had demanded better pay and permanent contracts.

It is understood that Mr Choudhary, who was married with one son, had called a meeting with more than 100 former employees - who had been dismissed following an earlier outbreak of violence at the plant - to discuss a possible reinstatement deal.

A police spokesman said: “Only a few people were called inside. About 150
people were waiting outside when they heard someone from inside shout for
help. They rushed in and the two sides clashed. The company staff were
heavily outnumbered.”

Other executives said they were lucky to escape with their lives. “I just
locked my room’s door from inside and prayed they would not break in. See,
my hands are trembling even three hours later,” an Italian consultant,
Forettii Gatii, told a local newspaper.

Permalink09/23/08, 07:22:20 pm, by speedy Email , 220 views, User Posts 1 feedback

CNN Quick Vote

What should Congress do with the $700 billion proposal to take pressure off the credit markets?

Pass the legislation quickly.........................16%
Pass it, but add stimulus and foreclosure relief.....33%
Reject it............................................51%

Total responses to this question: 121879


122K responses. 84% do not agree with the Assministration and it's toadies, Paulson and Bernanke.

Go get 'em, Dodd.

Permalink09/23/08, 04:00:34 pm, by billy b, 185 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

China May Have a Good Solution

Borrowing from another post:

"The queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with his head!' she said without even looking around."

-- "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

With that purley greedy capitalist action of tainting milk and baby's formula --- watering it down then putting in some industrial cemical to make it look wholesome, there is talk going on around there to execute those milk business people for the sickness and deaths their actions have caused.

Yet here, Wall Street Banking executives will probably still get their multi-million dollar severence packages or parachutes. We hate to put rich, white men in prison for crimes or lack of social morality. It might do some good to see some heads roll. Maybe instill a bit of integrity and morals in those big whigs that fvck over the public -- the little people who are the back bone of this nation.

Permalink09/23/08, 03:42:36 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 226 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Hey Timbuk!

Why can't I embed youtube videos on here?

Am I not doing it right, or is that option turned-off?

Because this thing is hilarious.

So's this.

Permalink09/23/08, 02:35:02 pm, by icy Email , 188 views, User Posts Send feedback

Kucinich Bail-out Plan

by Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

"The Wall Street financial disaster is an opportunity to create a genuine ownership society. If Congress invests $700 billion in the market, then the American people must get something of real value for their investment.

"Simply purchasing bad debt, "cash for trash" and not receiving anything of value or giving $700 billion and not having a commensurate equity interest in Wall Street firms is unacceptable. No "cash for trash".

"Since the bailout will cost each and every American about $2,300, tomorrow I will offer legislation to create a United States Mutual Trust Fund, which will take control of $700 billion in stock assets, at market value and not higher, convert those assets to shares, and distribute $2,300 worth of shares to new individual savings accounts in the name of each and every American."

Kucinich arrived at the $2,300 figure by dividing the cost of the bailout ($700 billion) by the US population (over 300 million).

Permalink09/23/08, 09:03:04 am, by icy Email , 327 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

Billmon: Things Become More Serious

I read this guy every time he posts. Here's a small snip of a much longer post:

Today's developments in the financial markets offered a preview (or at least a dress rehearsal) of how the next phase could play out. Some of the highlights:

* Stock prices and US Treasury bond prices both fell. Usually, when investors are bearish on stocks (because of a looming recession, for example) they buy Treasuries, which tend to do well when the economy is slowing and inflation is falling. Today, they sold both -- a sign that investors fear both recession and inflation, the same combination that made the '70s such an interesting time to live through, financially speaking.

* The dollar tanked, falling 2.5% against the euro and 2% against the yen (both tear-your-face-off daily moves, by FX market standards.) This suggests that currency traders and/or foreign investors have looked at the alternatives -- a staggeringly expensive bailout that balloons the US national debt on one hand, or a failed bailout leading to a 1932-style collapse of the US banking system on the other -- and have concluded that, either way, the creditworthiness of the US government (which means the inflation-fighting resolve of the Federal Reserve) is now in serious doubt.

* Prices of oil, gold and other physical commodities leaped, with oil posting a record daily move of almost 15% (a short squeeze in the futures market accounted for part of that melt-up, but only part) and gold rising more than $45 a ounce. These are signs of what the economists like to call "extreme liquidity preference" -- cash hoarding -- except that increasingly, "cash" is being defined as a hard physical asset that investors expect (or at least hope) will provide a reasonably safe store of value. Dollar-denominated assets (even short-term Treasury bills, the traditional refuge in times of crisis) are not seen as passing either test.

Permalink09/23/08, 07:59:16 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 233 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

McShame Loses His Head

"The queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with his head!' she said without even looking around."

-- "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high. It is not Barack Obama.


Conservatives who insist that electing McCain is crucial usually start, and increasingly end, by saying he would make excellent judicial selections. But the more one sees of his impulsive, intensely personal reactions to people and events, the less confidence one has that he would select judges by calm reflection and clear principles, having neither patience nor aptitude for either.

It is arguable that, because of his inexperience, Obama is not ready for the presidency. It is arguable that McCain, because of his boiling moralism and bottomless reservoir of certitudes, is not suited to the presidency. Unreadiness can be corrected, although perhaps at great cost, by experience. Can a dismaying temperament be fixed?

George Will (of all people).

Permalink09/23/08, 07:29:14 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 236 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Obama-Biden

One of the guiding principles of the Humane Society Legislative Fund is that we evaluate candidates based on a single criterion: where they stand on animal protection policies. We don't make decisions based on party affiliation, or any other social issue, or even how many pets they have. We care about their views and actions on the major policy debates relating to animal welfare.

It stirs controversy to get involved in candidate elections. But we believe that candidates for office and current lawmakers must be held accountable, or they will see the animal protection movement as a largely irrelevant political constituency. In order to have good laws, we need good lawmakers, and involvement in elections is an essential strategy for any serious social movement, including our cause.

While we've endorsed hundreds of congressional candidates for election, both Democrats and Republicans, we've never before endorsed a presidential candidate. We have members on the left, in the center, and on the right, and we knew it could be controversial to choose either party's candidate for the top office in the nation. But in an era of sweeping presidential power, we must weigh in on this most important political race in the country. Standing on the sidelines is no longer an option for us.

I'm proud to announce today that the HSLF board of directors -- which is comprised of both Democrats and Republicans -- has voted unanimously to endorse Barack Obama for President. The Obama-Biden ticket is the better choice on animal protection, and we urge all voters who care about the humane treatment of animals, no matter what their party affiliation, to vote for them.


Permalink09/22/08, 11:14:28 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 206 views, Latest Posts Send feedback


Permalink09/22/08, 07:29:44 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 201 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Buy My Shitpile Henry

With our economy in crisis,the U.S Government is scrambling to rescue our banks by purchasing
their "distressed assets", i.e., assets that no one else wants to buy from them. We figured that instead of protesting this plan, we'd give regular Americans the same opportunity to sell their bad assets to the government. We need your help and you need the Government's help!

Some pretty amusing shit.

Permalink09/22/08, 05:29:12 pm, by speedy Email , 193 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks


"...On November 11, 1992, Dolores Alfond, sister of missing airman Capt. Victor Apodaca and chair of the National Alliance of Families, an organization of relatives of POW/MIAs, testified at one of the Senate committee's public hearings. She asked for information about data the government had gathered from electronic devices used in a classified program known as PAVE SPIKE.

The devices were primarily motion sensors, dropped by air, designed to pick up enemy troop movements. But they also had rescue capabilities. Someone on the ground--a downed airman or a prisoner on a labor gang--could manually enter data into the sensor, which were regularly collected electronically by US planes flying overhead. Alfond stated, without any challenge from the committee, that in 1974, a year after the supposedly complete return of prisoners, the gathered data showed that a person or people had manually entered into the sensors--as US pilots had been trained to do--"no less than 20 authenticator numbers that corresponded exactly to the classified authenticator numbers of 20 US POW/MIAs who were lost in Laos." Alfond added, says the transcript: "This PAVE SPIKE intelligence is seamless, but the committee has not discussed it or released what it knows about PAVE SPIKE."

McCain, whose POW status made him the committee's most powerful member, attended that hearing specifically to confront Alfond because of her criticism of the panel's work. He bellowed and berated her for quite a while. His face turning anger-pink, he accused her of "denigrating" his "patriotism." The bullying had its effect--she began to cry.

After a pause Alfond recovered and tried to respond to his scorching tirade, but McCain simply turned and stormed out of the room. The PAVE SPIKE file has never been declassified. We still don't know anything about those 20 POWs..."

Permalink09/22/08, 08:50:39 am, by icy Email , 362 views, User Posts 12 feedbacks

Welcome to the Third World!

Dear United States, Welcome to the Third World!

It's not every day that a superpower makes a bid to transform itself into a Third World nation, and we here at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund want to be among the first to welcome you to the community of states in desperate need of international economic assistance. As you spiral into a catastrophic financial meltdown, we are delighted to respond to your Treasury Department's request that we undertake a joint stability assessment of your financial sector. In these turbulent times, we can provide services ranging from subsidized loans to expert advisors willing to perform an emergency overhaul of your entire government.


Permalink09/22/08, 07:49:20 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 462 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

mccain wears diapers

Permalink09/22/08, 05:50:42 am, by icy Email , 233 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Mayor Whitaker endorses Obama

FAIRBANKS — Republican Mayor Jim Whitaker has said he is endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

“My goal is to let Republicans have a clear understanding that their right to vote should not be restricted by any party affiliation,” the borough mayor said. He said the economic and political challenges facing the state and country are broader than political parties alone can address and suggested Republicans should consider crossing party lines by focusing on the strongest candidate this year.

Permalink09/22/08, 04:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 186 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime

How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers By Eliot Spitzer

Several years ago, state attorneys general and others involved in consumer protection began to notice a marked increase in a range of predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders. Some were misrepresenting the terms of loans, making loans without regard to consumers' ability to repay, making loans with deceptive "teaser" rates that later ballooned astronomically, packing loans with undisclosed charges and fees, or even paying illegal kickbacks. These and other practices, we noticed, were having a devastating effect on home buyers. In addition, the widespread nature of these practices, if left unchecked, threatened our financial markets.

Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers.

Permalink09/21/08, 11:59:59 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 244 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

It's WorseThan You Thought

I'm not making this up. Paulson not only expects the American taxpayer to bail out American banks who failed to make the effort necessary to avoid making a bad bet, we're now expected to bail out foreign banks who made bad bets, and lost.

The financial crisis that began in the United States spread to many corners of the globe. Now, the American bailout looks as if it is going global, too, a move that could raise its cost and intensify scrutiny by Congress and critics.

Foreign banks, which were initially excluded from the plan, lobbied successfully over the weekend to be able to sell the toxic American mortgage debt owned by their American units to the Treasury, getting the same treatment as United States banks.

Permalink09/21/08, 09:14:01 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 294 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Oh HELL no!

As if the thought of taxpayer money going to bail out the Wall Street scum bags isn't bad enough , the bill that the Bush crime syndicate is trying to push through is worse.

Section 2:

(a) Authority to Purchase.--The Secretary is authorized to purchase, and to make and fund commitments to purchase, on such terms and conditions as determined by the Secretary, mortgage-related assets from any financial institution having its headquarters in the United States.
(b) Necessary Actions.--The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation:
(1) appointing such employees as may be required to carry out the authorities in this Act and defining their duties;
(2) entering into contracts, including contracts for services authorized by section 3109 of title 5, United States Code, without regard to any other provision of law regarding public contracts;
(3) designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Government, and they shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Government as may be required of them;
(4) establishing vehicles that are authorized, subject to supervision by the Secretary, to purchase mortgage-related assets and issue obligations; and
(5) issuing such regulations and other guidance as may be necessary or appropriate to define terms or carry out the authorities of this Act.

That's a lot of power being put into the hands of the Treasury Secretary , surely there are checks and balances ?

Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.

But at least he has to report to Congress twice a year , even if they can't do a damn thing about his decisions.

Within three months of the first exercise of the authority granted in section 2(a), and semiannually thereafter, the Secretary shall report to the Committees on the Budget, Financial Services, and Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committees on the Budget, Finance, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate with respect to the authorities exercised under this Act and the considerations required by section 3.

And then there's the obligatory assault on the debt ceiling.

Sec. 10. Increase in Statutory Limit on the Public Debt.

Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting in lieu thereof $11,315,000,000,000.

This thing looks like another "Patriot Act" power grab , using a crisis to expand Executive Branch powers , while screwing us over in the proccess.
Reid , Pelosi , and the Dems in Congress had better not cave on this one ,although , standing up would require an actual SPINE. I think this might be a good time to call our Congress Whores and remind them who they work for.

Permalink09/21/08, 11:25:04 am, by speedy Email , 317 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 09-21-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Wall Street Bailout.


Wall street bailout is a good holy moral thing. Giving out tax money to large banks is good, giving it to the needy and poor is bad. Those who oppose this hate America.


Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?


Lord God Bush smirked down upon the people and spoke. `The wall street banks need our tax money. Those who question this are America haters!'.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that the holy people that Lord God Bush giving our tax money to wall street banks is a holy and moral thing. Those who question this are America haters. This the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink09/21/08, 08:43:02 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 197 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

The Real McSpain

Permalink09/21/08, 08:34:14 am, by billy b, 168 views, User Posts Send feedback

Dumbing down the VP debate.

Talk about putting lipstick on a pig! McPOW doesn't want Palin to have to do anything but spew memorized talking points.

At the insistence of the McCain campaign, the Oct. 2 debate between the Republican nominee for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, and her Democratic rival, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., will have shorter question-and-answer segments than those for the presidential nominees, the advisers said. There will also be much less opportunity for free-wheeling, direct exchanges between the running mates.

McCain advisers said they had been concerned that a loose format could leave Ms. Palin, a relatively inexperienced debater, at a disadvantage and largely on the defensive.

The wrangling was chiefly between the McCain-Palin camp and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, which is sponsoring the forums.

Commission members wanted a relaxed format that included time for unpredictable questioning and challenges between the two vice-presidential candidates. On Wednesday, the commission unanimously rejected a proposal sought by advisers to Ms. Palin and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee, to have the moderator ask questions and the candidates answer, with no time for unfettered exchanges. Advisers to Mr. Biden say they were comfortable with either format.

A commission member said that the new agreement on the vice-presidential debate was reached late Saturday morning. It calls for shorter blocks of candidate statements and open discussion than at the presidential debates.

McCain advisers said they were only somewhat concerned about Ms. Palin’s debating skills compared with those of Mr. Biden, who has served six terms in the Senate, or about his chances of tripping her up. Instead, they say, they wanted Ms. Palin to have opportunities to present Mr. McCain’s positions, rather than spending time talking about her experience or playing defense.

I'll bet she still gets her ass handed to her , but as long as she doesn't start rolling on the floor and speaking in tongues , the media will call her the winner.

Permalink09/21/08, 08:28:05 am, by speedy Email , 274 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Fourthbranch sez: "Burn all the evidence!"

Judge To Cheney: Don't Destroy Your Records

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Saturday ordered Dick Cheney to preserve a wide range of the records from his time as vice president.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly is a setback for the Bush administration in its effort to promote a narrow definition of materials that must be safeguarded under by the Presidential Records Act.

The Bush administration's legal position "heightens the court's concern" that some records may not be preserved, said the judge.

Remember Bush's first executive order?

Permalink09/21/08, 05:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 209 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

More Fundies Rapin' Kids

What is it with these religious kooks, anyway?

When they're not doin' crank and paying gay hookers for sex, they're rapin' kids.

And whattaya wanna bet they wouldn't let the kid have an abortion?

Permalink09/21/08, 04:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 217 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Thanks John , you DOUCHE.

Permalink09/20/08, 06:04:42 pm, by speedy Email , 210 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Just because we're paranoid....

...doesn't mean they aren't thinking about Marshall Law. Posse Comitatus ? We don't need no stinking Posse Comitatus.

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.

“Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year.”

In the meantime, they’ll learn new skills, use some of the ones they acquired in the war zone and more than likely will not be shot at while doing any of it.

They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.

Training for homeland scenarios has already begun at Fort Stewart and includes specialty tasks such as knowing how to use the “jaws of life” to extract a person from a mangled vehicle; extra medical training for a CBRNE incident; and working with U.S. Forestry Service experts on how to go in with chainsaws and cut and clear trees to clear a road or area.

The 1st BCT’s soldiers also will learn how to use “the first ever nonlethal package that the Army has fielded,” 1st BCT commander Col. Roger Cloutier said, referring to crowd and traffic control equipment and nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them.

“It’s a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities that they’re fielding. They’ve been using pieces of it in Iraq, but this is the first time that these modules were consolidated and this package fielded, and because of this mission we’re undertaking we were the first to get it.”

The package includes equipment to stand up a hasty road block; spike strips for slowing, stopping or controlling traffic; shields and batons; and, beanbag bullets.

“I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered,” said Cloutier, describing the experience as “your worst muscle cramp ever — times 10 throughout your whole body.

“I’m not a small guy, I weigh 230 pounds ... it put me on my knees in seconds.”

The brigade will not change its name, but the force will be known for the next year as a CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, or CCMRF (pronounced “sea-smurf”).

“I can’t think of a more noble mission than this,” said Cloutier, who took command in July. “We’ve been all over the world during this time of conflict, but now our mission is to take care of citizens at home ... and depending on where an event occurred, you’re going home to take care of your home town, your loved ones.”

While soldiers’ combat training is applicable, he said, some nuances don’t apply.

“If we go in, we’re going in to help American citizens on American soil, to save lives, provide critical life support, help clear debris, restore normalcy and support whatever local agencies need us to do, so it’s kind of a different role,” said Cloutier, who, as the division operations officer on the last rotation, learned of the homeland mission a few months ago while they were still in Iraq.

Read the rest

October surprise anyone?

Permalink09/20/08, 03:50:40 pm, by speedy Email , 236 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Charges Dropped Against Democracy Now Journalists

From Open Left:

Speaking of frosting one's ass, this report will do so. Not because the charges against Amy Goodman were dropped, which is a good thing, but the fact that the RNC paid $10 million, count 'em, $10 million samoleons to the St. Paul police department to combat civil suits so the cops could go beat the shit out of liberals.


Permalink09/20/08, 08:57:43 am, by billy b, 414 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Dear Diary

I phoned a childhood friend last night. He processes 401(k) accounts. Usually he just answers callers' questions. But he said that so many people are shuffling their retirement money from market-exposure to fixed savings; that the company website was overloaded-- and staffers like himself have to take phonecalls and key-in the orders individually. They're swamped.


Last night, a chintzy paper sign was posted on the front door of my apartment building, advertising the dotcom address of a youth hostel booker.

I tore it down, and within an hour it was replaced, this time between the metal-grating and the glass of the door.

I looked up the webpage, and our sleepy building of immigrant families and the elderly-- is described as a "HOT... HOT... HOT... trendy HIP hang-out scene... HIP PARTY Dorm" with "no curfew".

At 11:00pm, there was a commotion in the hallway as a half-dozen youths waited impatiently and a bumbling, loud guy with a cell-phone tried to get in touch with someone from the building managment company. Apparently they tourists had payed for a night, but the loud guy couldn't find any keys for them.

The website shows all the interior walls of the apartment unit in question have been removed. Ten beds are crammed into the tiny space. Beds rent for $33.50 each. An annual rent of $120,000. No, wait.
That price is in Euros!

Recently, the landlord offered us money to give up our lease and leave. My buyout price just went way up!

This week I worked at the Met Opera at Lincoln Center, hanging decades of portraits of fat ladies dressed as vikings; and blow-ups of TIME magazine articles depicting audiences in gowns and jewels; and sculptures of composers; and huge, 70-year old posters-- with graffiti such as "Can't Sing!" and "Barking Bob!" and "evil spawn" scrawled under the names of performers. Great fun! One giant wall of headshots was 10 heads high by 84 wide. Like a Vietnam Wall memorial of fake moustaches and wigs and crowns and veils.


Permalink09/20/08, 07:34:05 am, by icy Email , 592 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Let Sarah Speak!

Some background on the last, absolutely insane words from Ms. Palin in the (31 second) video, "God has sent me," is in order.

At a speech at the Wasilla Assembly of God on June 8 this year, Mrs Palin described how Thomas Muthee had laid his hands on her when he visited the church as a guest preacher in late 2005, prior to her successful gubernatorial bid.

In video footage of the speech, she is seen saying: “As I was mayor and Pastor Muthee was here and he was praying over me, and you know how he speaks and he’s so bold. And he was praying “Lord make a way, Lord make a way.”

“And I’m thinking, this guy’s really bold, he doesn’t even know what I’m going to do, he doesn’t know what my plans are. And he’s praying not “oh Lord if it be your will may she become governor,” no, he just prayed for it. He said “Lord make a way and let her do this next step. And that’s exactly what happened.”

Keep in mind that this insanity is WHY some Americans support her.

A real Christian would recognize the source of the conceit and deceit.

Permalink09/19/08, 09:19:15 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 235 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks


I just watched clips from the Daily Show, including Sarah "Gimmick" Palin being asked by Sean Hannity what she thought of Tina Fey's portrayal on Saturday Night Live.

Palin responded that she 1. watched it with the volume off. 2. Thought it was hilarious.

This reply was nuts on several levels.

Jon Stewart noted that it's inane to watch political comedy with the sound off.

I would like to add that it's an evasive, lawyerly, plausible-deniability thing to do. Like when Bush's press secretaries deny that they've ever read any incriminating stories in any major newspapers or books; so they can avoid answering reporters' questions on serious topics .

It also means that she can't take a joke, despite having a cruel, demeaning sense of humor herself.

And it means that she's irrationally afraid of criticism and mockery. She doesn't know about 'words will never hurt me'.

And it means she's a liar. Do you -believe- she didn't watch with the sound on?

It's almost worse if she's telling the truth. Did she let handlers watch it For Her, and tell her what to think and how to respond? Is she that willing be spoonfed in a bubble?

These aren't trivial concerns. These are matters of judgement that call into question her fitness to do... geez... to do ANY job that requires sanity and an ability to function socially.

Permalink09/19/08, 07:30:33 pm, by icy Email , 333 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

Money Market

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday announced it will use $50 billion to back money market mutual funds whose asset values fall below $1 in another step to contain raging financial turmoil.

"For the next year, the U.S. Treasury will insure the holdings of any publicly offered eligible money market mutual fund -- both retail and institutional -- that pays a fee to participate in the program," the Treasury said in a statement.

President George W. Bush approved use of the Exchange Stabilization Fund to guarantee payments, Treasury said. 20080919/bs_nm/ financial_treasury_dc_1

Permalink09/19/08, 03:34:29 pm, by oralloy Email , 210 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Peak Debt

Is there a limit to how much Americans can spend? Clearly there is: All they earn, minus savings and service on their existing debt, plus new borrowing. Since the Bureau of Economic Analysis puts numbers on those very items, it's possible to see just how close we are to the edge. In a fascinating paper, Ron Laszewski does exactly that. The results are rather depressing.

Laszewski has kindly let me post his peak debt paper itself on my personal website, so you can read it yourself. What follows here is a quick look at his conclusions (with just a glimpse of the math that's in the paper).


As far as what to do in managing your affairs, I'm afraid I don't have much in the way of new suggestions. Certainly, avoid running up new debt of your own. Be concerned that many other people's debt is not all going to be paid back, and let that fact guide your decisions about where to invest.

Arranging your life so that a sharp and long-lasting decline in consumer spending won't destroy both your job and your investments at the same time is a most excellent idea--I wish I were in a position to give you some more specific suggestions about just how to do that.

Permalink09/19/08, 12:43:30 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 227 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Now watch this nosedive

On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 504 points,
its worst drop since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
But Bush did not address the nation Monday night.

Instead, Bush held a state dinner for the president of Ghana.
Gratin of Maine lobster, late-summer corn pudding, ginger-scented farm lamb
and graham cracker crumble with cocoa pod shell were served.

The toast President Bush gave to President Kufuor Monday was
383 words long.

On Thursday, Bush addressed the economy in a statement
263 words long.

In the two minutes between 10:15 and 10:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Bush said
"“I will continue to closely monitor the situation in our financial markets
and consult with my economic advisers."

Now watch this drive.

This post is 264 words long.
I went-back and changed the spacing to make it look longer.
My Pet Goat takes more than two minutes for Bush to read, we know that for sure.

In conclusion, Ladies and Gentlemen, friends, thank you, The End.

Permalink09/19/08, 07:54:05 am, by icy Email , 198 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Politicians Lie, Numbers Don't

And the numbers show that Democrats are better for the economy than Republicans.

If you're wondering why a formerly honorable man like John McCain would build his presidential campaign around issues that are simultaneously beside-the-point, trivial, and dishonest (sex education for kindergartners, lipstick on pigs), the numbers presented (at the link) may help to solve that mystery. Since the conventions ended, McCain has mired the presidential race in dishonest trivia because he doesn't want it to focus on what voters say is the most important issue this year: the economy.

There is no secret about any of this. The figures (at the link) are all from the annual Economic Report of the President, and the analysis is primitive. Nevertheless, what these numbers show almost beyond doubt is that Democrats are better at virtually every economic task that is important to Republicans.

Permalink09/19/08, 07:41:37 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 296 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback


Permalink09/18/08, 10:51:30 pm, by icy Email , 171 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

"Nationalizing the risk while privatizing the profit...

...that's not a free market." --Nancy Pelosi, today, growing a pair

Permalink09/18/08, 09:23:45 pm, by icy Email , 164 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks


Permalink09/18/08, 07:36:21 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 196 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Notes on the Utter Failure of "Reaganomics"

Even Bush Senior called it "voodoo economics". Junior and the GOP, of late, have embraced giving it all to the rich, abandoning government oversight, and trusting the greediest people in the world to "trickle down" all over us.

We're looking at the results.

Economy plummets in worst crash observed since 9/11

Fed Adds Most Reserves Since 9/11

GOP/Bush/McSame economic policies are a bigger disaster than 911.

Permalink09/18/08, 06:04:02 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 171 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

A Bit on Candidate Tax Policy

From the Brookings Institute/ Urban Institute

An Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans: Executive Summary - Revised September 15, 2008
Roberton Williams, Howard Gleckman

Published: September 15, 2008 || Availability: PDF | Printer-Friendly Version

The nonpartisan Urban Institute publishes studies, reports, and books on timely topics worthy of public consideration. The views expressed are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or its funders.

The text below is an excerpt from the complete document. Read the full report in PDF format.


This short paper summarizes the Updated Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans: Revised September 15, 2008

Both John McCain and Barack Obama have proposed tax plans that would substantially increase the national debt over the next ten years, according to a newly updated analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center. Compared to current law, TPC estimates the Obama plan would cut taxes by $2.9 trillion from 2009-2018. McCain would reduce taxes by nearly $4.2 trillion. Obama would give larger tax cuts to low- and moderate-income households and pay some of the cost by raising taxes on high-income taxpayers. In contrast, McCain would cut taxes across the board and give the biggest cuts to the highest-income households.


Both John McCain and Barack Obama have proposed tax plans that would substantially increase the national debt over the next ten years, according to a newly updated analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

Neither candidate?s plan would significantly increase economic growth unless offset by spending cuts or tax increases that the campaigns have not specified.

Compared to current law, TPC estimates the Obama plan would cut taxes by $2.9 trillion from 2009-2018. McCain would reduce taxes by nearly $4.2 trillion. These projections assume the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire in 2010 and that the Alternative Minimum Tax is fully effective. Both candidates

(End of excerpt. The entire report is available in PDF format.)

McCain would cut taxes across the board and give the biggest cuts to the highest-income households.

Yeah, those millionares need all the help -- the little folks will just have to struggle to make mortgage payments. It'd be twelve years of the bush presidentcy.

Permalink09/18/08, 02:09:53 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 171 views, User Posts Send feedback

FEMA Says No to Ice For Hurricane Survivors

The Bush Administration takes depravity to new lows. From ABC News.

Under New Policy, FEMA Says Ice is Not Its Responsibility

September 18, 2008

Hurricane survivors are being put at risk in Texas and other hot weather states because the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is no longer providing ice in relief situations, say watchdogs, relief workers and local leaders in Hurricane Alley.

"It's frustrating that the government can deliver $85 billion to bail out AIG, and they can't deliver ice in Texas," said Ben Smilowitz, executive director of the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP), a nonpartisan organization that monitors the nation's disaster response system.


Permalink09/18/08, 11:20:27 am, by billy b, 331 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

The Spirit of John Engler Lives On in the Michigan GOP your house lose your vote banking-financial-services/ 20080911/ DC3280011092008-1.html

(Note: my headline is not intended to imply that Engler is deceased -- just playing on the fact that he has retired from politics)

Permalink09/18/08, 04:13:50 am, by oralloy Email , 166 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Palin's Email

It's spreading through the "news", now. Palin's email account was hacked. Apparently Michelle "no, I won't take those college student's home phone numbers off my web site" Malkin is furious at the invasion of privacy.

You know you want to see it.

Permalink09/17/08, 08:56:35 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 215 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

What’s in the House offshore-drilling bill?

Have you figured out that we're being gamed by the GOP, yet?

The House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday night that would relax the federal ban on offshore drilling and try to expand renewable energy.

The bill, which was adopted by a vote of 236 to 189, was backed by Democrats, who long fought the lifting of the 26-year ban but have been under intense political pressure to look as though they are taking steps to ease high gas prices. Republicans, whose vociferous calls for expanded offshore drilling have been met with widespread public approval, opposed the bill, claiming that it did not offer enough financial incentives to coastal states. On the final roll call, 221 Democrats and 15 Republicans voted for the bill; 176 Republicans and 13 Democrats voted against it.

The 290-page Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act, as the bill is known, contains a number of important provisions. Here’s a breakdown.

Permalink09/17/08, 08:47:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 223 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Anthrax suspect must have had help

"If he (Ivins) was the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in any way shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress or the American people," Leahy told Mueller. "I believe there are others out there. I believe there are others who can be charged with murder."

Permalink09/17/08, 08:22:19 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 178 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Wanna Bet?

Gentleman's bet. (Ladies can bet too. It's just an expression that means "no money involved".)

I say the Dow goes below 10,000 before the election.

It's dropped almost a thousand this week, and it's at 10,600, so I'd say "next week" but I figure a bigger window makes it a sure thing.

Anybody want to tell me why it won't?

BTW, who was that freakin' genius who said "gold is a buying opportunity as long as it stays below $800"?

Any bets on gold?

I'm looking at $1200, and IMO that's conservative, by early next year.

Permalink09/17/08, 06:15:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 367 views, Latest Posts 25 feedbacks

Late Night Comedy

A few years ago we were having a discussion about the role of late night comedians in politics. As I recall, there was a lot of agreement that if a politician lost the "mainstream" late night comedians they were toast.

Forget Tina Fey. Sarah Palin's worst nightmare may be Jay Leno

Sample: "If you watched TV last night, you know that Charlie Gibson did something John McCain has never done: interviewed Sarah Palin."

Permalink09/17/08, 07:49:35 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 269 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Who Would Jesus Torture?

If you want to know why I cannot bring myself to call the base of the Republican party Christians, and instead use the term Christianist, a new poll helps explain why:

A new poll released Thursday (Sept. 11) finds that nearly six in 10 white Southern evangelicals believe torture is justified, but their views can shift when they consider the Christian principle of the golden rule.

The poll, commissioned by Faith in Public Life and Mercer University, found that 57 percent of respondents said torture can be often or sometimes justified to gain important information from suspected terrorists. Thirty-eight percent said it was never or rarely justified.

Southern evangelicals are therefore the mainstay of the torture regime in this country. The only point at which they even balk at torturing people who haven't been subject to minimal due process is when they are reminded that this could come back to hurt Americans. The idea that torture is immoral in itself seems alien to a majority of the millions who lined up to see Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ. Since the South was built on torture-slavery, this is not that historically surprising. Many ancestors of today's Christianists tortured African-Americans routinely. But the extent of Southern evangelicals support for violating one of the core moral absolutes of Christianity is striking.

Andrew Sullivan

Permalink09/16/08, 10:41:48 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 228 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Does this guy know what "irony" means?

Seriously. Is this tongue in cheek, or sheer stupidity?

McCain: Obama using economic plight for political advantage

“Senator Obama saw an economic crisis and he’s found a political opportunity. My friends this is not a time for political opportunism, this is a time for leadership,” McCain said in front of nearly 3,000 supporters flanked by Sarah Palin."


Permalink09/16/08, 10:32:29 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 209 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

McSame Invented the Internet?

Who would have guessed?

Adviser calls BlackBerry 'miracle' McCain 'helped create'

(Blackberry's home office is in Canada.)

Permalink09/16/08, 05:31:54 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 241 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

On the (Unintentionally) Funny Side

Over the HuffPo Sam Stein reports on Carly Fiorina's comments on Para Sailin's experience. You can't make this stuff up.

Carly Fiorina, a key surrogate for John McCain on economic issues, said on Tuesday that Sarah Palin does not have the experience needed to run a major company like the one that Fiorina formerly headed.

"Do you think [Sarah Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?" asked the host.

"No, I don't," responded Fiorina. "But you know what? That's not what she's running for."


Permalink09/16/08, 02:02:12 pm, by billy b, 320 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

The Next Credit Crunch

Our easy access to plastic is about to dry up - and with it our ability to fake living the good life.

We made it through the bursting of the Internet bubble and now the bursting of the real estate bubble. Next we may be approaching the end of the most worrisome bubble of all: the standard-of-living bubble.

That conclusion comes from the latest data on credit card debt. It's growing fast, but the problem is bigger than that - and to understand what it means, we have to take a few steps back.


Permalink09/16/08, 12:43:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 215 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Just so folks know -- we aren't stupid!

I'm in Baton Rouge. Looks like it's gonna be a while.

Anyway -- just having boasted recently about my great kids -- I thought I'd share how my just turned 25 yr. old daughter is faring in Houston.

Before the storm, she cooked as much as she could of what was in her freezer and froze it. She filled several coolers with ice in preparation. She supplimented that with the usual non-perishable/no cooking required supplies -- got lamps/oils/batteries/water/etc. She got a battery-powered charger for her cell phone (something I hadn't thought of) -- and she's doing fine. The big tough looking boyfriend is a great help, too.

Anyway -- my baby has been feeding her neighbors who didn't have money to stock up -- and she says her boyfriend is the regular boy scout -- going around checking on older/ill neighbors -- making minor repairs for them and such.

I'm so proud. And you know what she said? "I was ready because of years of watching you."

And if you read stories about the GOP trying to control the message -- it's true. They put out in a news story saying they gradupled distribution points -- making it sound like they're doing so much. They claimed during the storm they had at least 40 trucks ready to move in. They had 8. They sent out 8 trucks -- to Houston! The closest truck to my daughter's neighborhood was 30 miles away. So if they did quadruple that number -- that makes 32 -- meaning they still aren't up to the 40 they claimed were positioned and ready. (Not that she personally needed one -- but as I said -- she's been taking care of her neighbors in the complex.)

Permalink09/16/08, 08:40:32 am, by pnh Email , 252 views, User Posts 11 feedbacks

More Bad Economic News

Economists Warn Anti-Bush Merchandise Market Close To Collapse

The sudden drop in demand for "Buck Fush" T-shirts and "Hail to the Chimp" posters could leave millions unemployed.

The Onion

Permalink09/15/08, 11:51:52 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 213 views, Latest Posts Send feedback


There are a bunch of great articles on the current economic mess at The Nation magazine's website.

The amazing (chilling!) part is their sentiments are shared by Whatta, Uzi, and Me and nearly every commentator I've read today.

It's a strange day when we all agree.

The rotten Fanny & Freddie bail-out:

8 more first-rate economic articles, on the frontpage alone:

Permalink09/15/08, 06:02:42 pm, by icy Email , 304 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

The Denouement

This guy usually writes a pretty insightful and considered blog and today's is no exception

The Denouement

"Denouement (n) -- The unraveling of a plot; a catastrophe....

From Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

There is something supernally appropriate to the fact that, in order to find the most suitable definition for just right word to describe the ongoing crisis of the financial system, we have to refer to a dictionary published in 1913.

We are now into the second year of the unraveling of the world financial system. It could be described as the Great Denouement (or final act) of a plot that began in 1913, when Congress created the Federal Reserve System, aka the Focus of Evil in the Modern World. So far the effects of the unraveling have had minimal impact on the larger economy.

This is about to change."

More at link on Lehman, AIG and financial crisis

Permalink09/15/08, 05:07:35 pm, by whatta Email , 201 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Show Your Support

There are less than three months until the election, an election that will decide the next President of the United States. The person elected will be the president of all Americans, not just the Democrats or the Republicans. To show our solidarity as Americans, let's all get together and show each other our support for the candidate of our choice.

It's time that we come together, Democrats and Republicans alike. If you support the policies and character of Senator Obama, please drive with your headlights on during the day. If you support John McCain, please drive with your headlights off at night.

Thank you for your participation.

(From my email.)

Permalink09/15/08, 01:11:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 192 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Coca-Cola Celebrates Ramadan

Coca-Cola celebrates Ramadan
Company observes Muslim holiday with star, crescent design on cans

Posted: August 19, 2008
10:35 pm Eastern

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

Coca-Cola plans to celebrate Ramadan this year by decorating cans with a crescent moon and star – a widely recognized Islamic symbol.

The moon and star can be found on at least 11 flags of Muslim countries, and now it will be featured on packaging in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia and other Islamic countries during the Sept. 1-30 Muslim holiday, blogger Bob McCarty reported.

Coca-Cola's 2008 Ramadan can

Coca-Cola has hired a company named ATTIK to handle packaging, Brand Republic reports. Its Christmas cans are usually decorated with secular-themed images of Santa Claus, but McCarty asked the company whether it planned to introduce Christian symbols as well.

"When I learned the symbol of the Islamic faith will appear on Coca-Cola packaging during Ramadan 2008, I found myself wondering whether or not the Atlanta-based soft drink maker will soon include the Christian cross and Jewish star of David in future holiday packaging designs targeting people of those faiths," he wrote on his blog, Bob McCarty Writes.

In 2006, Coca-Cola released a statement about its recognition of Ramadan.

"In a globalizing world, Ramadan presents an opportunity to showcase the true values of Islam and what it stands for," it said. "Because no other brand is as inclusive as and no other company is as diverse as Coca-Cola, we have a unique opportunity to play a valued role as an international bridge-builder and facilitator of dialogue during Ramadan."

Permalink09/15/08, 01:08:14 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 194 views, User Posts Send feedback


I'm blatantly ripping this off from a front-page post on Kos, but it's worth repeating. This is what our representatives SHOULD be doing. From a Bipartisan Energy Summit Friday morning organized by The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources:

WHITEHOUSE: Gentlemen, we’re in the middle of a near total mortgage system meltdown in this country. We have a health care system that burns 16 percent of our GDP, in which the Medicare liability alone has been estimated at $34 trillion. We’re burning $10 billion a month in Iraq.

This administration has run up $7.7 trillion in national debt, by our calculation. And there is worsening evidence every day of global warming, with worsening environmental and national security ramifications. In light of those conditions, do any of you seriously contend that drilling for more oil is the number one issue facing the American people today?

(Long silent pause during which nobody answers.)

WHITEHOUSE: No, it doesn’t seem so.

If only all of the Democrats could speak so clearly...

Permalink09/15/08, 11:05:58 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 196 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

A Real Doozy

McCain-Lieberman-Graham tout surge as 'strategic victory'

Travis Sharp

The U.S. Senate is currently working on the fiscal year 2009 Defense Authorization bill (summary of bill's contents here, amendment lists here and here).

When I was reading through the amendments this morning, I found a real piece of work from John McCain and company. The full text is below, but here is the key paragraph:

[It is the sense of the Senate to] recognize the success of the troop surge in Iraq and its strategic significance in advancing the vital national interests of the United States in Iraq, the Middle East, and the world, in particular as a strategic victory in a central front of the war on terrorism

This is a sense of the Senate resolution, meaning it doesn't really do anything. But these types of bills are often designed to stir up controversy and enable campaign attack ads. For example, the Senate voted last year on a sense of the Senate bill condemning's infamous "General Betray Us" full-page ad in the New York Times.


UPDATE: General David Petraeus said today that "This is not the sort of struggle where you take a hill, plant the flag and go home to a victory parade... it's not war with a simple slogan." Oh well, that guy doesn't know what he's talking about, right McCain?

Permalink09/15/08, 07:49:25 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 244 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Stock Market About to Crash?

Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch both went under last night, and AIG is teetering on the brink. /AL eqM5i oHc80 xKMiA TnqCp K0cDK Jzk_n PQD936 VT1G0

Going to be an interesting opening on Wall Street this morning.

Permalink09/15/08, 06:26:13 am, by oralloy Email , 377 views, User Posts 16 feedbacks

‘Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!

Mudflats blog.

Pauline's star is fading fast.

Permalink09/14/08, 09:52:21 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 191 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 09-14-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Sex and Drugs for Oil.


Sex and drugs for oil is a good holy moral thing that is only questioned by people who hate America. True patriots look the other way.


Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Is all my brain and body need
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Are very good indeed

Keep your silly ways or throw them out the window
The wisdom of your ways, I've been there and I know
Lots of other ways, what a jolly bad show
If all you ever do is business you don't like

Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Is very good indeed

Every bit of clothing ought to make you pretty
You can cut the clothing, grey is such a pity
I should wear the clothing of Mr. Walter Mitty
See my tailor, he's called Simon, I know it's going to fit

Here's a little piece of advice
You're quite welcome it is free
Don't do nothing that is cut price
You know what that'll make you be
They will try their tricky device
Trap you with the ordinary
Get your teeth into a small slice
The cake of liberty

Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex and drugs and rock and roll
Sex, drugs, rock, roll
Sex, drugs, rock, roll


Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke. `The holy people I appointed at the interior department who are trading sex and drugs for oil contracts are doing a good holy moral thing for the country. Those who question these antics are America haters!'.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that the holy people that Lord God Bush appointed at the interior department who are trading sex and drugs for oil contracts are doing a good holy moral thing for the country. Those who question these antics are America haters. This the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink09/14/08, 08:50:43 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 247 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Bigotry and Racism are not Values

WASHINGTON -- Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.

Values Voter Summit organizers cut off sales of Obama Waffles boxes on Saturday, saying they had not realized the boxes displayed "offensive material." The summit and the exhibit hall where the boxes were sold had been open since Thursday afternoon.

While Obama Waffles takes aim at Obama's politics by poking fun at his public remarks and positions on issues, it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly.

Asked if he considered the pictures of Obama on the box to be racial stereotypes, Whitlock said: "We had some people mention that to us, but you think of Newman's Own or Emeril's -- there are tons and tons of personality-branded food products on the market. So we've taken that model and, using political satire, have highlighted his policies, his position changes."

The socially conservative public policy groups American Values and Focus on the Family Action co-sponsored the summit.

Permalink09/14/08, 07:45:55 am, by bsa Email , 188 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

SNL's Back

Amy Poehler's Hillary Clinton is good, but Tina Faye is scary good at playing Sarah the Unvetted.

The opening sketch: Hillary and Caribou-killer Barbie appearing together "to talk about sexism".

Two messages came through loud and clear. 1) If Hillary had gotten to the WH she'd have earned it. If Sarah Pauline gets there, it's a gift from a dirty old man. 2) It the media doesn't have the balls that Hillary does, you can expect her to ask McSame's fundemented running mate about whether or not she thinks that the only reason the Flintstones was a cartoon is because the camera wasn't invented back when Fred used a brontosaurus crane at work.

Update: Someone posted the video on Kos.

Permalink09/13/08, 11:46:41 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 213 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Is Obama Asleep at the Switch?

White women have moved from 50-42 percent in Obama's favor before the conventions to 53-41 percent for McCain now, a 20-point shift in the margin that's one of the single biggest post-convention changes in voter preferences. The other, also to McCain's advantage, is in the battleground Midwest, where he's moved from a 19-point deficit to a 7-point edge.

Obama, for his part, shows little or no progress on his chief challenges -- the question of his experience, the definition of the change he'd bring about and his efforts to entice former Hillary Clinton supporters aboard. Obama continues to lead McCain by a wide margin in enthusiasm, but his advantage on some key issues has softened.

Notably, far more people see Obama than McCain as in tune with the economic problems Americans are experiencing -- but in trust to handle the economy the gap between the two has narrowed to a slim 5-point Obama advantage. That speaks to McCain's advantage on experience, expressed, for example, in his 17-point margin in trust to handle a crisis. PollingUnit/ Politics/ story?id=5751238


I see lots of McCain ads -- seemed like every other ad during the Olympics was a McCain ad. Not a lot of Obama ads so far though. Some, but not a lot.

Permalink09/13/08, 10:30:13 pm, by oralloy Email , 211 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Palin is one scary bitch.

The New York Times has an interesting article on Palin's rise to power , and her record along the way. Dick Cheney has got nothing on this hag , except at least he's not religiously insane.

WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Ms. Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages.

When Ms. Palin had to cut her first state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.

And four months ago, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor’s career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to hear an assistant to the governor on the line, she said.

“You should be ashamed!” Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. “Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now!”

Ms. Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of “good old boy” politics and a champion of ethics reform. The charismatic 44-year-old governor draws enthusiastic audiences and high approval ratings. And as the Republican vice-presidential nominee, she points to her management experience while deriding her Democratic rivals, Senators Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr., as speechmakers who never have run anything.

But an examination of her swift rise and record as mayor of Wasilla and then governor finds that her visceral style and penchant for attacking critics — she sometimes calls local opponents “haters” — contrasts with her carefully crafted public image.


Permalink09/13/08, 07:42:32 pm, by speedy Email , 219 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Palin Never Went to Iraq

but she could See It From There...

Boston Globe:
"Palin also told ABC that she had traveled to Mexico and Canada. Her campaign had previously mentioned a Canada visit, but not a trip to Mexico. Comella said yesterday that Palin had visited Mexico on vacation, and Canada once last year.

"We did not have 100 percent confirmation about the Mexico trip in the initial days we were being asked. It was a personal trip," Comella said.

Palin's campaign did not respond to requests for details about when she traveled to Mexico and where she went, nor did it provide details of her 2007 Canada trip or indicate whether it was for business or pleasure."

Permalink09/13/08, 05:50:33 pm, by icy Email , 167 views, User Posts Send feedback

If John McCain says something...

...and nobody hears him, is he still lying?

Permalink09/13/08, 12:41:10 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 206 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

English as a First Language FOR DUMMIES

Obama drew a political cartoon in words, the other day.

He said that you can't change something (such as McCAIN or a PIG)

by decorating it (with PALIN or LIPSTICK).

In this picture, McCAIN is the piggie.


I guess "Omigawd! He called her a lipstick!" doesn't have the same shock value.

In all the discussion of this topic, am I the only who has correctly deduced the perfectly-clear metaphor Obama drew?

And it took me half a week?!
What does that say about us? Are we so afraid of offending this cunt that we can't think straight?!

Thankfully, Obama can think. He wasn't blinded by a hatred of women. Nor by a misguided fear of offending.

He looked at a woman who called herself a pitbull in lipstick, and saw who she REALLY is.

And then explained that she isn't even the scrappy fightin' dog in that picture.
She's the absurd window-dressing.

He called a spade a spade.

The emperor has no clothes. The maverick has no balls.

Permalink09/12/08, 06:46:51 pm, by icy Email , 292 views, User Posts 13 feedbacks

John McCain: From Pilot to Pol to Pig

p. m. carpenter takes McCain't to the woodshed.

For clearly Obama is not dealing with adults; he is, rather, merely suffering the characteristically manufactured stunts and tantrums of incorrigible GOP infants.

I'm afraid (delighted, actually) that I have very little to add in the way of comment about that gravest controversy of our time: porcine cosmetics.

After all, what could possibly be left to say in the media's wake of untrammeled, full-blown scandal mode? Indeed, as yesterday progressed (devolved, actually), even the cable networks of stultifying overkill were publicly brooding about their conspiratorial role in the "controversy."


Permalink09/12/08, 08:42:21 am, by billy b, 593 views, User Posts 5 feedbacks

Blizzard of Lies

Like a winter storm rolling in from the North Pole...

The Bush campaign’s lies in 2000 were artful — you needed some grasp of arithmetic to realize that you were being conned. This year, however, the McCain campaign keeps making assertions that anyone with an Internet connection can disprove in a minute, and repeating these assertions over and over again.



Permalink09/12/08, 07:51:05 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 467 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Happy Birthday to Lloyd!

Might as well embarrass the old bastard. ;->

Permalink09/12/08, 07:27:11 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 186 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Case Closed.

Who should Libertarians vote for?

Barak Obama taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Since 1991, Joe Biden teaches Constitutional Law as an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law.

I rest my case.

Permalink09/12/08, 12:37:59 am, by icy Email , 242 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Bush Authorizes Invasion of Pakistan

WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials. 2008/09/11/ washington/ 11policy.html 2008/09/11/ america/ 11policy.php

Time to go get Osama.....

Permalink09/11/08, 08:56:01 pm, by oralloy Email , 160 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

On the road again!

This time it may be for an extended stay. An area from Houston to the right across the Louisiana border is expected to be on the "dirty" side of the storm -- the side that gets the worst of it -- so our power and water may be affected such that it may be a while before we can come back home. I hope not -- but it's quite possible.

I may have to talk with the boys -- again -- about moving -- this time telling rather than asking. And maybe it needs to be away from the Gulf Coast -- as much as I hate the thought of leaving. It's looking like this is just the beginning of what may be years of frequent evacuations and more potential to be affected. I don't have the resources to do this, frequently.

So -- by sometime tonight I should be some 250-300 miles away from where the storm is supposed to hit. Now -- I'll stop procrastinating and go pack. See you later, folks!

Permalink09/11/08, 03:09:40 pm, by pnh Email , 183 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

9/11 Plus Seven

By Andrew J. Bacevich

The events of the past seven years have yielded a definitive judgment on the strategy that the Bush administration conceived in the wake of 9/11 to wage its so-called Global War on Terror. That strategy has failed, massively and irrevocably. To acknowledge that failure is to confront an urgent national priority: to scrap the Bush approach in favor of a new national security strategy that is realistic and sustainable -- a task that, alas, neither of the presidential candidates seems able to recognize or willing to take up.

I disagree with the "neither candidate" part of the last sentence. McSame would change things for the worse. Obama will change things for the better, but can't speak of it much, now, as the American people are too stubborn to admit we've already been defeated if we continue our current tactics.

We are the Russians in Afghanistan in the 80s, but they had the advantage of being right next door.

We already know we can't sustain our wars. That's why we're so willing to look the other way when the government pays for them "off the books" and hands off the bill to our children.

Permalink09/11/08, 07:37:53 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 229 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Top-Selling Halloween Costume This Year?

Needs lipstick.

Permalink09/10/08, 11:52:35 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 211 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Lloyd? You don't get Olbermann, do you?

Permalink09/10/08, 10:56:12 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 205 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Crocodile in Lipstick

Sarah Palin sheds phony crocodile tears at Obama's disparagement of her lies.

But she's the pot calling the kettle black!

She's no mere victim of disparagement, but Palin's also such an accomplished practicioner
of disparagement, that a judge cited her for it: saying it was a form of child abuse!

Permalink09/10/08, 10:34:44 pm, by icy Email , 227 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Another Bad Day for Putin

PARIS (AP) -- The European Union is drawing a line in the sand with Russia: the bloc isn't going to let Ukraine get dissected like Georgia.

The EU tugged Ukraine westward on Tuesday by launching a symbolic new accord, wading into Moscow's backyard for a second straight day on fears that Russia is flexing its muscle among former Soviet states.

The 27-member bloc stopped short of offering Ukraine membership during an EU-Ukraine summit hosted by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. But the two sides began work on an "association accord" -- a step that offers closer political and economic ties and in the past has been designed to prepare nations for eventual membership. /ALe qM5hG PU43Y 0QClp fv6YL XruLD Oxe3v gD933 N5P00


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Turning a deaf ear to Russia's complaints, the Bush administration is moving to rebuild Georgia's military while asserting it will not let Russia divide Europe again.

"Georgia, like any sovereign country, should have the ability to defend itself and to deter renewed aggression," Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

The Pentagon will send an assessment team to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, later in the week to help figure out Georgia's "legitimate needs" as a way of showing U.S. support for the country's security, Edelman said. /ALe qM5jf S6y-A 7WF82 KotI6 KMN41 IA3M4 QD933 H1R80

Permalink09/10/08, 09:56:14 pm, by oralloy Email , 222 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Around of Applause for Tweety

Yeah, I know he can sometimes be a jerk, but with this comment Chris Matthews said on Hardball this evening, he has redeemed himself, at least a little.

Think about how people twenty years from now might look back at this 2008 election. The energy crunch has grown to cripple the economy. We're moving product on old railroads and gas-guzzling trucks. The air is clogged with pollution again from fossil fuels because it's all we have.
India, China, Russia, Brazil are grabbing and outbidding us for resources; our failed education system has cost us our innovative edge. We can't compete. We've fallen back to a second-rate power.
And the young people twenty years from now, and the older folks who can remember it will look back at this fateful election of 2008 that set the course for the century and see videotapes of us arguing about lipstick.


This game that's being played is not an insult of a candidate. It's an insult to the intelligence of our democracy, which is really all we have, each of us, to decide and build the future.
Our only escape is to force ourselves, against all the distractions, to think through the hearts and minds of those young people who will have to live in the world we are now deciding who's to build, who's to lead us to.

This comes from a post on Kos. I saw the show but I'm lazy tonight so the quote and clip can be found here.

Permalink09/10/08, 09:23:04 pm, by icarol Email , 250 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

They Were Right About Edwards...

The snoopy National Enquirer has allegedly unveiled some blockbuster stuff about VP candidate Sarah Palin's kids.

First, her Iraq-bound son, Track, is supposedly a drug addict.

The Enquirer claims that for the past two years, the eldest son, Track, has supposedly been addicted to the painkiller OxyCotin — he snored it, ate it, smoked it and even injected it, said the tab.

Locals are totally selling the Palins out!

Someone who has 'partied' with Track tells the rag, "I've partied with him (Track) for years. I've seen him snort cocaine, snort and smoke OxyContin, drink booze and smoke weed."

The source also went on to say that girls would do anything for Track and he'd use his 'local celebrity' to get other guys "to get them to steal things he wanted."

Here's the scary last bit!

The snitch adds, "He finally did what a lot of troubled kids here do. You join the military."


Permalink09/10/08, 07:47:11 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 234 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

The Rising Cost of the Iraq 'Surge'

Since Jan. 10, 2007, when George W. Bush announced his troop “surge,” more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers have died in the Iraq War – about a quarter of the total war dead – but now an even higher cost may loom ahead, the indefinite continuation of the conflict under President John McCain.

Despite strong evidence to the contrary, it has become established conventional wisdom among mainstream Washington journalists that the “surge” was the singular reason for the recent decline in Iraq’s violence. It’s also agreed that McCain deserves great credit for pushing the “surge” idea early.



Permalink09/10/08, 07:39:31 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 377 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

John McCain Has No Honor

Even if he was at one time, honor in the past doesn't immunize anyone from dishonoring themselves.

Honorable men don't continue to lie, even when the truth is known to them.

They do not associate themselves with liars.

They do not easily forgive those who lie about them.

John McCain has no honor.

Permalink09/10/08, 06:25:16 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 325 views, Latest Posts 6 feedbacks

Porkbarrel Palin

"Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident.

Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double.

The trick is that Alaska's government spends money on its own citizens and taxes the rest of us to pay for it."


Permalink09/10/08, 12:11:05 pm, by icy Email , 207 views, User Posts 10 feedbacks

Does the Truth Matter Anymore?

By E.J. Dionne

This is not false naivete: I am genuinely surprised that John McCain and his campaign keep throwing out false charges and making false claims without any qualms. They keep talking about Sarah Palin’s opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere without any embarrassment over the fact that she once supported it. They keep saying that Barack Obama will raise taxes, suggesting he’d raise them on everybody, when Obama’s plan, according to the Tax Policy Institute, would cut taxes for “about 80 percent of households” while “only about 10 percent would owe more.” And as Sebastian Mallaby pointed out in his recent column, Obama would cut taxes for middle-income taxpayers “more aggressively” than McCain would.


Permalink09/10/08, 10:00:00 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 607 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Why Libertarians Should Vote for Obama

A country cannot long combine unlimited government abroad and limited government at home. The Republican party has become the party of war and thus the party of unlimited government.


The libertarian voice has not been listened to in Republican politics for a long time. The Republicans take the libertarian wing of the party for granted and with phony rhetoric and empty phrases have bought our support on the cheap. Thus - since voice has failed - it is time for exit. Remember that if a political party can count on you then you cannot count on it.

Permalink09/10/08, 07:40:29 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 197 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Obama Tax Cut Calculator

Since I don't have to worry about "that's just another neo-lib tactic" as a response, any more...

I saw this posted on Kos. It's useful to show to anyone who says "Obama's gonna raise my taxes, McInsane's gonna cut 'em."

Your Obama Tax Cut is:

Permalink09/09/08, 10:10:38 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 184 views, Latest Posts Send feedback

Polls and Talking Heads

Just a random thought, here. I can't be the only one that keeps hearing that McSameCrazierThanBush has gotten a "convention bounce" or that "women have moved into his camp".

Just once I'd like a pollster to ask the question "how many votes did he pick up by kowtowing to Dobson et. al. and naming a completely insane 'third wave' fundie to be his running mate?"

There was no "bounce" from that snoozer of a speech he gave, and other than women who want to be subservient (i.e. fundie nutbags) no women are voting for Palin "because she's cute".

The race tightened up because the various religious groups that want to appoint judges who will over-rule the constitution are now on-board with McSenile, or more correctly with Governor Liar.

To them I say, read Mark 13:22 and Matthew 24:24.

Permalink09/09/08, 10:03:15 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 211 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Droopy dines alone.

Lie-berman isn't gonna have lunch with the Democrats anymore , and hopefully after November , he won't have his committee Chairmanship either.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office is denying reports that former Democratic Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been barred from attending weekly Democratic caucus lunches, while acknowledging he will no longer be showing up.

"While it is no secret that the Democratic caucus is disappointed in Senator Lieberman’s attacks on Senator Obama, the irresponsible report that Senator Lieberman has been excluded from caucus meetings is completely untrue," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid. "Senator Lieberman has chosen to not attend Democratic caucus lunches, and that is his choice."

The Connecticut Independent, who was defeated in a Democratic primary two years ago and has gone on to become one of Republican presidential candidate John McCain's biggest supporters, is considered a traitor by many in the Democratic base.

After a speech at the Republican convention last week in which he excoriated Democratic nominee Barack Obama, Lieberman further estranged himself from the Democrats with whom he caucuses in the Senate. Assuming the party picks up a few more Senate seats in November's elections, it's likely Lieberman will be formally heaved from the caucus and stripped of his committee chairmanship.

Reid's office did not deny those rumors in its brief statement released Tuesday.

Lieberman told The Hill earlier Tuesday that he would be skipping the lunches.

"I think it's probably wise for me and for my colleagues in the Democratic caucus to dine somewhere else for the next few weeks," said Lieberman, who was the party's vice presidential nominee in 2000.

I have a feeling that once Joe gets kicked to the curb by the Democrats that he will cease being useful to the Republicans as a prop , and they'll probably shun him as well. It would be sweet to see him relegatd to the back benches , despised and powerlss until , hopefully , the idiots in Connetticut elect a real Democrat.

Permalink09/09/08, 07:58:29 pm, by speedy Email , 223 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion

From CNN, McDoucheBag keeps setting them up to be hit out of the park.

CAMDEN, South Carolina (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN Wednesday he agrees with President Bush's veto of legislation expanding a children's health insurance program, saying the bill provided a "phony smoke and mirrors way of paying for it."

"Right call by the president," the Republican White House hopeful told CNN's John King. "We've laid a debt on these same children ... that we're saying we're going to give health insurance to."

The bill, which would cost $35 billion over five years, is meant to expand the State Children's Health Insurance Program to provide coverage to an additional 10 million children.


Permalink09/09/08, 08:15:32 am, by billy b, 455 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Continuity of Government -- just in case

Bush Extends 9/11 National Emergency Yet Again
By Peter Dale Scott

URL of this article:

Global Research, September 4, 2008

Though few Americans realize it, Cheney and Rumsfeld worked through the 1980s and 1990s on emergency nuclear-response plans which allegedly suspended the American constitution and also Congress.[1] (Through these decades Rumsfeld was CEO of a major pharmaceutical firm, and in the later 1990s Cheney was CEO of Halliburton; but their private status did not deter them from continuing to exercise a supra-constitutional planning power conferred on them by Ronald Reagan.)


Permalink09/09/08, 01:50:20 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 610 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

It's wrong to attack the children of your political opponents


Permalink09/08/08, 08:52:50 pm, by icy Email , 147 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Bristol Palin is Laura Bush, in lipstick

Get It?! Laura Bush killed a boy drunk driving...

Below is a link to the most extensive set of Palin+Inlaws underage drinking photos,
that I could locate in 90 seconds of searching:

Thanks to for pointing out all the goofy details, like the dozens of purple & gold Crown Royal bottle bags tacked to Palin's daughter-in-law-to-be's wall.

Permalink09/08/08, 08:42:05 pm, by icy Email , 292 views, User Posts 12 feedbacks

More Extreme Than Bush. And Earlier.

Make no mistake. I was opposed to Bush before the election of 2000. I knew he would run "from the center", immediately begin to govern from the extreme right, then "moderate" just long enough to win re-election. Post-election, back to the furthest fringes of the right.

But I, like many others, saw just how extreme Bush was when he named John Ashcroft as his Attorney General. (It's ironic that Ashcroft was, in some ways, less extreme than Bush's later picks of Gonzo and Muck-casey, but that's a story for another day.)

Now that McCain has named Palin as his running mate it's obvious that he doesn't see the need to even try hiding the fact that he's a prisoner of the most extreme elements of the right wing. There is no longer anything "moderate", "centrist", or "populist" about his campaign and he's either proud of it, or resigned to it.


Permalink09/08/08, 08:39:13 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 617 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

Elite Media Out Of Touch

Palin wasn't referring to the mortgage giants!

She was talking about Fannie Mae Jenkins and
Freddie "Mac" Mac-cain-nook,
two Eskimos retirees from Wasilla, who had grown too fat and expensive
to compete in the free market.

Sarah volunteered to take them on the 'long hike' into the snow, last Winter.

Three tracks departed, only one set of footprints returned.

OF COURSE Palin doesn't know anything about mortgages.
In Alaska, politicans get their houses from LOBBYISTS.

Permalink09/08/08, 07:07:23 pm, by icy Email , 190 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Palin Makes Her First Gaffe

heh...heh...heh... Get a load of this.

From Sam Stein at HuffPo:
Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.

Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed that lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac had "gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers." The companies, as McClatchy reported, "aren't taxpayer funded but operate as private companies. The takeover may result in a taxpayer bailout during reorganization."

Economists and analysts pounced on the misstatement, saying it demonstrated a lack of understanding about one of the key economic issues likely to face the next administration.


Permalink09/08/08, 12:52:36 pm, by billy b, 492 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Read this

Permalink09/08/08, 10:12:08 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 231 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Kazakhstan Ready to Pipe Oil Across the Caspian Sea

September 8, 2008
Nazarbayev: Kazakhstan Interested in Baku-Supsa Pipeline

Georgia -- Kazakh Prezident Nursultan Nazarbayev said his country would be interested in participating in the privatising process of the Tbilisi-Supsa oil pipeline as well as the port of Supsa itself.

"As soon as the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline enters into operation, all Azerbaijani oil would be transported through it, which leaves the Tbilisi-Supsa infrastructure. We are interested in this pipe as well as the port of Supsa itself," Nazarbayev said at a news conference after talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

President Saakashvili's visit to Kazakhstan is aimed at increasing economic cooperation between the two countries. Georgia hopes to act as a transit point for Kazakh oil and gas. In response, the Kazakh president has indicated that his country would be interested in having stakes in Georgian pipeline and transport infrastructure.

Permalink09/08/08, 08:40:22 am, by oralloy Email , 197 views, User Posts Send feedback

Russia's Starting to Pout.....

Permalink09/08/08, 08:37:39 am, by oralloy Email , 138 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Can compassion for Palin help us win?

This morning -- listening to Mika talk about identifying with Sarah Palin -- I realized something. I am elitist about motherhood. When ambitious girls were dreaming about careers -- I was dreaming about the kind of mother I wanted to be. And I may not have been the perfect role model -- but I did become a great mother. And it's a good thing I was so inclined -- because I ended up having children who needed somebody who could patiently make parenting them a priority. I am introverted and engage in a lot of self-reflection. As a result -- I understand myself very well -- and it led the way to a greater understanding of those little personalities that got half their genes from me.

My children all had special needs -- and they've all achieved levels of development better than expected for their circumstances. I raised some very wise -- very loving little people who will be positive contributors to their environments. But not all children need 24 hour devotion to thrive and succeed -- and the outcome might not have been the same -- but not horrible -- and possibly even still pretty good even if I didn't have the personality and the will to do what I did.

Now -- here's where I grow elitist. I -- unrealistically -- believed that people who didn't have the drive or the traits to be as committed to their children's development shouldn't have children. I realized this morning how wrong I've been. I'm great -- but not perfect. And there's a huge spectrum between unfit mother and perfect mother -- and perhaps everything above not doing them more harm than good constitutes a "good" parent.

So -- perhaps this conversation can help end the mommy wars and pave the way to more realisitic policies toward parenting.

Now - the above is just a bonus. Here's what I think we can win. Sarah Palin is definitely not the traditional mother. She doesn't seem to have the "natural extinct" we expect mothers to have nor does she exhibit many other "feminine" traits we associate with mothers. But maybe she doesn't have to in order to be a good parent.

Now -- here's where I think we can win. When we say to Sarah Palin -- no you don't have to fit the traditional concept of "mother" to be a good parent -- we point to a gay man and say therefore neither does he.

We tear down the rightwing argument against gays adopting children -- and lift up and energize the gay/lesbian who don't feel we care enough about them. I think we could weaken the inspiration to vote GOP and strengthen the inspiration to vote Democratic. And we'd be doing it by lifting people up rather than tearing anybody down.

Permalink09/08/08, 08:06:25 am, by pnh Email , 169 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

More Maver-icky Goodness

Sergeant Bilko McSame McGoo McCheney the Rage-a-holic Sarah's creep old date McCain shoved a woman in a wheelchair.

Six people present have written statements describing what they saw. According to the accounts, McCain waved his hand to shoo away Jeannette Jenkins, whose cousin was last seen in South Vietnam in 1970, causing her to hit a wall.

As McCain continued walking, Jane Duke Gaylor, the mother of another missing serviceman, approached the senator. Gaylor, in a wheelchair equipped with portable oxygen, stretched her arms toward McCain.

"McCain stopped, glared at her, raised his left arm ready to strike her, composed himself and pushed the wheelchair away from him," according to Eleanor Apodaca, the sister of an Air Force captain missing since 1967.

McCain's staff wouldn't respond to requests for comment about specific incidents.

Permalink09/07/08, 11:47:42 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 204 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

George Bush In Lipstick

Never one to overlook a good turn of phrase, I thought I'd better share this:

A core Democratic talking point against Sarah Palin is beginning to take shape: she is, critics say, the female counterpart of the current President of the United States, not only in terms of policy and social conservatism, but even personality.

"She's not a pitbull in lipstick," said one female Democratic operative, referencing a line from Palin's convention speech. "She's George Bush in lipstick."

From her hard-right stances on abortion and contraception and the deep affection she engenders from conservative evangelical leaders, to her involvement in a possible "abuse of power" scandal in Alaska and even her charming demeanor, some see in Palin the second coming of the 43rd president.

Permalink09/07/08, 08:58:11 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 280 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Any One Watching MTP?

Joe Biden is on and he just kicked butt about Iraq and what has to happen in Iraq in order to stabilize the country. He talked about getting Iran and Syria on board in order to stabilize Iraq. He said that McSame and Palin just don't have a plan to do this, or at least one they talk about.

I really can't see Palin, despite all the briefings, knowing issues as well as Biden does. He can pull facts out of his head that she won't even be aware of no matter how much coaching she gets.

I really am looking forward to their debate. And don't miss the show, it really is worth watching.

Permalink09/07/08, 10:59:29 am, by icarol Email , 234 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

Federal Tax Distribution by State

I was thinking about Senator No-Spine and Governor Barbie's claims to being reform-minded and opposed to earmarks, so I decided to look up which states get the most bang for their buck on the federal tax dollars they pay. The latest information I could find was from 2005.

On the Republican side:

Coming in at number 2, behind only New Mexico, is Alaska at $4.81 they get back for every dollar they pay in.

Arizona happily occupies the number 8 slot, getting $2.16 in federal tax expenditures for every dollar they send in.

On the Democratic side:

Illinois is 48th out of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, receiving 30 cents for every dollar they pay to the feds.

Delaware doesn't do quite as well as Illinois, getting back $0.23 on the dollar and coming in at 50th, ahead of only Minnesota.

Why is the GOP running candidates from welfare states? What is it about "liberal" states that makes them so able to support the less productive, needier, don't need to be responsible because the Fed is always there to bail them out states?

Permalink09/07/08, 10:47:50 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 2769 views, Latest Posts 3 feedbacks

Obama: "They must think you're stupid"'

Obama came out and gave McPOW and Caribou Barbie a nice freindly kick in the balls.

Speaking to 800 people at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds in Terre Haute, Ind., the Democratic presidential nominee ridiculed John McCain and his running mate, the Alaska governor, for describing themselves as agents of change at this week's GOP convention.

"Don't be fooled," Obama told the crowd surrounding him in a large barn. "John McCain's party, with the help of John McCain, has been in charge" for nearly eight years.

"I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she's change, and that's great," Obama said. "She's a skillful politician. But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up."

McCain has vowed to wipe out earmarks, which are targeted funding for specific projects that lawmakers put into spending bills. As governor, Palin originally supported earmarks for a controversial Alaska project dubbed the "bridge to nowhere." But she dropped her support after the state's likely share of the cost rose. She hung onto $27 million to build the approach road to the bridge.

Obama delivered some of his most withering criticisms yet of McCain, although he did so with chuckles and an air of mock disbelief. McCain has acknowledged voting with President Bush 90 percent of the time in Congress, Obama said.

"And suddenly he's the change agent? Ha. He says, 'I'm going to tell those lobbyists that their days of running Washington are over.' Who is he going to tell? Is he going to tell his campaign chairman, who's one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington? Is he going to tell his campaign manager, who was one of the biggest corporate lobbyists in Washington?"

"I mean, come on, they must think you're stupid," Obama said as the crowd laughed and cheered.

That's what I like to see , call them on their bullshit. I expect the media bobble heads will be clutching their pearls , and heading to the fainting couches because he dared to criticize their favorite trailer park queen though.

And unfortunately , the GOP have a point , a lot of Americans ARE stupid.

Permalink09/07/08, 09:45:14 am, by speedy Email , 282 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Bush mass for shut ins for 09-07-08

Bush mass for shut ins is on the air!


Good morning Bush worshippers, those who are ill and those who it's just best not to mix with society. May Lord God Bush bless you all for coming. For it is he who brought us life and everything else. He is a thousand points of light! He makes the sun rise in the morning, puts the frost on our flakes and puts the fruit on the trees. All praise the glory of Lord God Bush. Today we celebrate Takeoveer.


Today we celebrate Lord God Bush taking over the evil government sponsored entities Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac. He shall install holy republican people to oversee these former liberal organizations so they can become holy..


I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand
Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man
I'd sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town
He'd tousle my hair and say son take a good look around,this is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometown
This is your hometownIn '65 tension was running high at my high school
There was a lot of fights between the black and white
There was nothing you could do
Two cars at a light on a Saturday night, in the back seat there was a gun
Words were passed, in a shotgun blast
Troubled times had come, to my hometown
My hometown
My hometown
My hometown
Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming backto your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown
Your hometown
Last night me and Kate we laid in bed
Talking about getting out
Packing up our bags maybe heading south
I'm thirty-five, we got a boy of our own now
Last night I sat him up behind the wheel and saidson take a good look around, this is your hometown


Lord God Bush looked down upon the people and spoke. `We are taking over these morgage companies and I shall install men in my own image to right that ship just as I righted this blessed country'.

What is it that the Profit Cheney is trying to teach us? It is that by taking over these morgage companies and installing men just like Lord God Bush, that ship can be righted too. This the word of George.

Bush mass is over

Your attendance has been recorded and will be sent to the proper authorities. Go in arrogance, may the Lord God George W Bush be with you.

Permalink09/07/08, 08:51:25 am, by first_church_of_bush Email , 169 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Palin and McCain’s Shotgun Marriage

Frank Rich nails it, yet again.

In the G.O.P., Bush love is now the second most popular love that dare not speak its name.

We still don’t know a lot about Palin except that she’s better at delivering a speech than McCain and that she defends her own pregnant daughter’s right to privacy even as she would have the government intrude to police the reproductive choices of all other women. Most of the rest of the biography supplied by her and the McCain camp is fiction.

She didn’t say “no thanks” to the “Bridge to Nowhere” until after Congress had already abandoned it but given Alaska a blank check for $223 million in taxpayers’ money anyway. Far from rejecting federal pork, she hired lobbyists to secure her town a disproportionate share of earmarks ($1,000 per resident in 2002, 20 times the per capita average in other states). Though McCain claimed “she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities,” she has never issued a single command as head of the Alaska National Guard. As for her “executive experience” as mayor, she told her hometown paper in Wasilla, Alaska, in 1996, the year of her election: “It’s not rocket science. It’s $6 million and 53 employees.” Her much-advertised crusade against officials abusing their office is now compromised by a bipartisan ethics investigation into charges that she did the same.

How long before we learn she never shot a moose?

Read the whole thing. You won't regret it.

Permalink09/06/08, 11:35:53 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 266 views, Latest Posts 5 feedbacks

US rejects Russian criticism over aid deliveries

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The US State Department on Friday rejected Russian criticism of the United States for sending a sophisticated warship to deliver humanitarian aid to Georgia.

"We certainly reject the Russian charges," deputy spokesman Robert Wood told reporters when asked about Moscow's reaction to sending the Mount Whitney, flagship of the US Sixth Fleet, to the port of Poti.

"It's bringing humanitarian supplies, such as, I believe 4,000 blankets, juice, diapers, hygiene products. There's absolutely no foundation to this Russian charge," Wood said.

Moscow charged that the ship might contravene international conventions and was unsuited for its supposed aid mission.

"The question arises of whether the USS Mount Whitney's entry into the Black Sea conforms with the provisions of the Montreaux Convention of 1936," foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko told journalists, referring to an international pact limiting naval deployments there.

The Russian spokesman described the Mount Whitney as "the number one ship of its type in the US Navy" and noted its sophisticated reconnaissance technology.


Permalink09/06/08, 07:01:27 pm, by oralloy Email , 284 views, User Posts Send feedback

U.S. flagship reaches Georgian port held by Russia, defiantly delivers aid

POTI, Georgia -- The flagship of the U.S. navy's Mediterranean fleet anchored Friday outside this key Georgian port, defiantly delivering humanitarian aid to the war-ravaged U.S. ally in a slap at Moscow.

The USS Mount Whitney was the first navy ship to travel to Poti since Georgia's five-day war with Russia last month. The continued presence of hundreds of Russian soldiers here has been a major point of friction between Russia and the West, which insists Moscow hasn't honoured a ceasefire deal to pull back to positions held before fighting broke out Aug. 7.


Permalink09/06/08, 06:53:57 pm, by oralloy Email , 293 views, User Posts Send feedback

Palin as Racist

From the All Spin Zone:

Palin: “So Sambo beat the bitch!”

How many Republicans think it is OK for Sarah Palin to use racist language? Please raise your hands! Did they all put their hands up?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Let’s just say the young governor has a large vocabulary and doesn’t stint in using it, whether the words are racist or not. Those words in the title are Palin’s reaction, spoken in a diner, to Barack Obama’s finally winning the Democratic nomination. From LA Progressive:

“So Sambo beat the bitch!”

This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.


Permalink09/06/08, 05:27:51 pm, by billy b, 369 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

The New Yorker Honors Bootsy and McCain't

Permalink09/06/08, 04:59:45 pm, by billy b, 142 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Sarah Palin:A Faux News Fairy Tale

The serial liars at Faux News are airing airing a fairy tale disguised as a documentary. Sarah Palin : An American Woman

Sarah Palin and her family have captivated voters since the Alaska governor was tapped to be John McCain’s running mate in a surprise decision a week ago.

Republicans have touted her corruption-fighting record, her small-town values and the energy many say she brings to the GOP ticket. Democrats have assailed her experience level and her position on abortion, while others have focused intently on her teenage daughter’s pregnancy.

But Palin has only been in the national spotlight for a short time, and there’s plenty more to know about a woman seeking to become the first female vice president of the United States.

I'm sure it sinks to Faux's normal standards of molested truth , and tortured facts, served up with a huge shovel.

Permalink09/06/08, 01:05:45 pm, by speedy Email , 174 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Grappling with McCain:

The Rude Pundit whips on Johnny Walnuts.


At some point last night, it stopped being funny. Here was the scene: the Rude Pundit was watching John McCain speak on a movie screen at the Parkway Theatre in south Minneapolis. In the audience were over 300 people who had come to see a comedy show, which happened before McCain spoke. The past couple of nights at the Parkway, the whole thing took on a raucous, Rocky Horror Picture Show/MST3K feel, with anyone who wanted hurling sarcasm at Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin.


Permalink09/06/08, 10:20:39 am, by billy b, 557 views, User Posts 3 feedbacks

Cheney assures Azerbaijan of U.S 'interest'


BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney assured Azerbaijan on Wednesday of America's "abiding interest" in the region's stability. It was the first stop on a tour of three ex-Soviet republics that are wary of Russia's intentions after its war with Georgia last month.

Russia was watching the trip with suspicion, and a top Russian security official accused Cheney of an ulterior motive: seeking to secure energy supplies in the South Caucasus in exchange for U.S. support.

Cheney met with U.S. Embassy officials and international oil executives before going to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev's residence on the Caspian Sea.

Cheney said the principle of territorial integrity was endangered today, noting that they were meeting "in the shadow of the Russian invasion of Georgia." /article /ALeqM5jMblTvfD k7nNZtmNURqS18 whPrYAD92VC2CO1

Permalink09/06/08, 04:45:02 am, by oralloy Email , 141 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Bush announces $1 billion in aid for Georgia


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pushing back against an increasingly aggressive Moscow, President Bush said Wednesday the U.S. will send an extra $1 billion to Georgia to help the pro-Western former Soviet republic in the wake of Russia's invasion.


Permalink09/06/08, 04:17:42 am, by oralloy Email , 343 views, User Posts 1 feedback

Uzi's Guide to War With Russia

I mentioned that I was going to post a few articles about Cheney's visit to the caucuses, but perhaps I should provide a bit of a primer first.

It can probably be summed up as:

"Once upon a time there were a lot of dinosaurs around the Caspian Sea. Now there is a lot of fossil fuel around the Caspian Sea."


Permalink09/06/08, 02:26:55 am, by oralloy Email , 540 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Biden: The silence is Deafening

BTW, what's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?

You can neuter a pit bull.

Permalink09/06/08, 01:10:07 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 200 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

U.S. Plans to Seize Fannie and Freddie

Let's hear from the trool on this one. Enlighten us as to why we should vote for a sorry douchebag that supported Bush policies 90% of the time. Support that led to this unprecedented cataclysm:

I got my first home with an FHA loan.

WASHINGTON — Senior officials from the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve on Friday informed top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage-finance giants, that the government is preparing a plan to seize the two companies and place them in a conservatorship, officials and company executives briefed on the discussions said.

The plan, effectively a government bailout, was outlined in separate meetings that the chief executives were summoned to attend on Friday at the office of the companies’ new regulator. The executives were told that under the plan, they and their boards would be replaced, and their shareholders virtually wiped out, but that the companies would be able to continue functioning with the government generally standing behind their debt, people briefed on the discussions said.


Permalink09/05/08, 09:28:32 pm, by billy b, 410 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks


I'm as quick to jump on the Democrats for being spineless as anyone, but this move really is brilliant.

The Democrats are graciously going to allow John McCain to put his vote where is mouth is. After - bizarrely - accusing Democrats of sexism for having the abject temerity to ask Sarah any questions, the Democrats plan to reintroduce the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act this month. Remember:

John McCain was AGAINST fair pay for women this summer.

Permalink09/05/08, 10:54:12 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 656 views, Latest Posts 57 feedbacks

Palin Won't Talk To Media

No Questions, Please. We'll Tell You What You Need To Know.

According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don't care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace -- in an appearance I did with her this morning on Joe Scarborough's show -- the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin's scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads. Here's the exchange: (YouTube video at the link)

Wallace's bash-the-media exercise has its merits as a campaign tactic. It certainly rallies the base. But the base won't lift McCain to 50% in November. More importantly, in her smug dismissal of the media's role in asking questions of the candidates, Wallace was really showing contempt not for reporters, but for voters. I bet there are a lot of undecided voters out there who were intrigued by Sarah Palin last night, but who don't yet know enough about her -- what she believes, what she knows -- to be comfortable with the idea of her as vice president of the United States. It's important to them to know if Palin can handle herself in an environment that isn't controlled and sanitized by campaign image makers and message mavens. Maybe she can, maybe she can't. As far as Wallace is concerned, it's none of their -- or your -- business.

Permalink09/05/08, 07:46:45 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 302 views, Latest Posts 9 feedbacks

So, Who's Watchin' The Klan Rally, Tonight?

Not me. It's opening night for the NFL.

Makes ya wonder if the GOP doesn't know that letting the senile old rage-a-holic give a speech in prime time is a bad idea.

I heard that bomb-bomb's speech is set for 9:11 central time. Might have to switch over, just to see how badly the governor from the state that's the king of earmarks and entitlements outdid the actual Presidential candidate.

Permalink09/04/08, 08:19:32 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 468 views, Latest Posts 71 feedbacks

Some of Palin's remarks stretch the truth

In the Anchorage Daily News.

Don't miss the comments.

Palin scares me, but not for the reason you may think. She scares me because she's a bugfuck nuts evangelical who was chosen as a VP candidate for all the wrong reasons: looks, aggression, and because she's a younger Phyllis Schafley who the ultra-secret CNP cabal hope to pass off on the American people as a "hockey mom" when in reality she's the proof that McCain is no "moderate maverick", he's a spineless (witness Bush's re-election campaign after the 2000 smear) who feels entitled to live in the WH and will do ANYTHING to get there.

She doesn't scare me because she's a good candidate.

Ultimately, she scares me because we only have two months, give or take, to expose this GOP ticket for what it is: raw ambition that's ideologically to the RIGHT of Bush's already extremist position.

Permalink09/04/08, 04:22:52 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 253 views, Latest Posts 4 feedbacks

Permalink09/04/08, 02:53:09 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 577 views, Latest Posts 1 feedback

Democrats may be learning to fight dirty

Gene Lyons opines on the Democrats learning to respond in kind to republic skullduggery.

Something unusual happened during the run-up to the Democratic convention: A presidential candidate was subjected to a highly prejudicial, not particularly honest personal attack, and for once the victim was a Republican. Interestingly, the political press jumped on it, happily trashing John Mc-Cain for two clueless remarks he never actually made. Are Democrats finally learning to fight dirty ? Should the rest of us feel good about it ? Meanwhile, the McCain campaign is running TV commercials mocking Barack Obama for not asking Hillary Clinton to be his running mate—a job she surely didn’t want. Because Republicans, of course, admire Hillary so. They’ve even found a Clinton delegate from Wisconsin to make a pro-McCain commercial, because.... Well, because why? Anybody calling themselves a Democrat who doesn’t understand how important it is for both parties, not to mention the nation, that Republicans pay the price for the catastrophic presidency of George W. Bush needs to turn in his party ID and magic decoder ring and find another hobby, something solitary and quiet, such as gardening or compiling a variorum edition of the “Pride and Prejudice” columns of Maureen Dowd.


Permalink09/04/08, 12:38:47 pm, by billy b, 524 views, User Posts 1 feedback

God-zilla from Wasilla

Breaking news: Palin has just filed an ethics complaint against…herself. This is not a joke. This is the only way she can activate the 3-person Palin-appointed board whose job is to deal with ethics complaints, thereby circumventing the Alaska State Legistlature’s investigation that she thinks may come down against her.

Others have said this before, but watching one night of the McCain POW praise-fest has me boiling...

WHERE THE FXCK were all these pro-war-hero Republicans back when
Ann Coulter sneered at the 3 limbs Max Clelland lost in Vietnam,
and Republican ads compared him to Saddam and Osama?!!

Where were they when three-time purple heart hero John Kerry was being swiftboated?

Heck, where were they when naval sub commander Jimmy Carter was against Ronald Reagan--
whose war stories were from Hollywood movies he starred in?

Where were they when Bush's war-dodging was revealed?

Another change in the GOP message, worth considering: years ago the GOPcon was all Fear Fear Fear Fear. Which doesn't play against Obama's Hope. So this time they skip the fear & act as-if "everybody knows" that we need a battle-hardened Chuck Norris to Fight Back against the boogyman.
The "why" is skimmed-over. POWheroVet is the new Fear.

Lastly: Palin is very smooth. It's easy to forget she's just parroting a teleprompter. She makes it feel real. (Actually her deviations from the script were dangerously smooth, too.)

And our nation of TV drones --the ones who have a vivid inner life full of imaginary friendships with celebrities-- they just received a new superstar. And they vote. They even Pay to vote, for American Idol contestants. They're easily capable of deciding an election.

Permalink09/03/08, 11:54:08 pm, by icy Email , 268 views, User Posts 9 feedbacks

Is Anybody Watching the Klan Rally?

McGoo picking Palin is all the proof anyone should need that the GOP is ruled by extremists.

Permalink09/03/08, 10:10:18 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 446 views, Latest Posts 37 feedbacks

Why They're Worried: Too Many Secrets

Looking to the future but with one eye on the past, Biden also promised that an Obama-Biden government would go through Bush administration data with "a fine-toothed comb" and pursue criminal charges if necessary.

"If there has been a basis upon which you can pursue someone for a criminal violation," he said, "they will be pursued, not out of vengeance, not out of retribution - out of the need to preserve the notion that no one, no one, no attorney general, no president, no one is above the law."


ABC News Blog

Obama Would "Immediately Review" Potential Of Crimes In Bush White House

And don't forget that Reagan's records could finally be unsealed next January.

Expect the GOP to pull out all the stops, again, this election. They have too many secrets.

Permalink09/03/08, 04:46:58 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 204 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks

Democrats attack Lieberman, saying he lied to delegates

Lieberman gave a speech to the republic convention last night and burned the bridges, set the crops aflame, destroyed the seed corn, and dynamited the levee. Good for Lie-by as I hate his sorry ass as bad as any republic. Sayonara, sucka!

(CNN) -- Democrats accused former colleague Sen. Joe Lieberman of misleading the Republican National Convention when he addressed them in a speech Tuesday night.

A senior Barack Obama campaign adviser said Lieberman flat-out lied when he told delegates that Obama never successfully reached across party lines.


Permalink09/03/08, 10:00:53 am, by billy b, 491 views, User Posts 7 feedbacks

More on McGoo's Third Wife

Top Ten Most Disturbing Facts and Impressions of Sarah Palin

1: Palin supports gunning down wolves from planes
2: Palin doesn't believe global warming is man-made
3: Palin is the candidate of powerful far right-wing cabal; her nomination seals their support for the little-wanted McCain
4: Palin staunchly opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest
5: Palin takes unnecessary risks with the health of her own child, supports failed abstinence-only programs
6: Palin is under investigation for allegedly abusing her power as governor to help her sister in a messy divorce
7: Palin lied about her plans for the "Bridge to Nowhere"
8: A so-called political reformer, Palin has big money ties to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who has been indicted for political corruption
9: Palin exploits her son's Iraq service for political gain
10: During her time as mayor, Palin drove a town deep into debt

Details at the link.

Bonus: Thomas Eagleton Watch

Permalink09/03/08, 07:48:06 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 203 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Thousands rally at Ron Paul convention

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) -- While Republicans pow-wowed in St. Paul, supporters of Ron Paul threw their own party in neighboring Minneapolis.

"Freedom brings people together," Paul said before a sold-out crowd at Tuesday's Rally for the Republic.

Paul, who said he entered the presidential race reluctantly, told the roaring audience, "I lost my skepticism. I hope you lost your apathy."

Can the constitution compete with a small-town mayor?

Stay tuned. Er, never mind. I didn't see it on the teevee...

Permalink09/02/08, 11:50:06 pm, by Timbuk3 Email , 163 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

All Politics is Local

I can't get enough of these folksy testimonials from everybody Palin ever climbed-over:

"While Sarah was Mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire our highly respected
City Librarian because the Librarian refused to consider removing from
the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents
rallied to the defense of the City Librarian and against Palin's
attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew
her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the
Librarian are on her enemies list to this day."

Much more:

Permalink09/02/08, 09:42:48 pm, by icy Email , 187 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

It seems that Palin has a Pastor Problem too

Seth Colter | HuffPost Reporting From DC Palestinian Attack In Israel Part of God's Judgment, Said Recent Guest At Palin's Church


After several months of scrutinizing Barack Obama's former place of worship, reporters are now taking a close look at Alaskan churches frequented by presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

As the Huffington Post reported earlier Tuesday, Palin addressed a gathering at the Wasilla Assembly of God, asking them to pray for oil pipeline development and "God's will" in Iraq. Meanwhile, the Boston Herald and Newsweek have both identified Wasilla Bible Church as the Alaska Governor's most recent church. And it was at that Bible Church where a recent guest described a Palestinian attack on Israeli citizens as part of God's judgment coming to pass on Earth -- an analysis likely troubling both to Jews, as well as to mainstream foreign policy analysts.


More and links can be found at:

When will this end? It now seems that even if she wasn't a member of AIP, her husband was for years, and there are people saying that she was at their meetings throughout the 90s. Can you imagine her not being able to get top-level security clearance because of her husband's activities in this radical group? What does it mean when the vice-president (shudder) can't get the sort of security clearance in order to do the job? Un-fuckin-believable!

Permalink09/02/08, 09:12:50 pm, by icarol Email , 122 views, User Posts Send feedback

Carville is STILL an asshole but...

...sometimes he still comes out with some classic lines.

While holding up a picture of the Wasilla city hall:

"It looks like a bait shop in southeast Louisiana."

Permalink09/02/08, 10:53:59 am, by speedy Email , 190 views, User Posts 12 feedbacks

Veteran's Affairs

McCain's wedding ring, suddenly too tight...
Permalink09/02/08, 10:06:22 am, by icy Email , 168 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Goodman arrested at Republican National Convention

Journalist Amy Goodman, whose syndicated column appears weekly in The Union, was arrested late Monday afternoon outside the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., according to a report on her Web site,

The Web site carries video of her arrest at

In the video, Goodman appears to be asking to speak to police, dressed in heavy riot gear. After asking her to step out of the street and back onto the curb, the officer she is addressing suddenly grabs her and arrests her.

According to a report on Goodman's Web site, "Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfuly detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. ...

"Ramsey County Sherrif Bob Fletcher told Democracy Now! that Kouddous and Salazar were being arrested on suspicion of rioting. They are currently being held at the Ramsey County jail in St. Paul."

Bonus: Goodman interviews Jon Stewart somewhere near the Larry Craig Memorial Bathroom.

Jon is (apparently) too widely watched to be arrested.

Permalink09/02/08, 07:44:15 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 152 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

No Dem, No GOP - Just Americans

It was a main theme during the Dem meeting that with all the problems, we have to rise above party politics and just all be Americans.

Now, with bush-boy down in Texas making sure everything works properly for hurricane aid and with the GOP meeting put on hold, they tell us it's time that we all come together, as Americans, to assist victims of the weather.

A really neat Madison Avenue type change of heart to adjust to a new marketing strategy.

It's the new patriotism mantra.

Permalink09/01/08, 10:25:39 pm, by dajavoodooo Email , 193 views, User Posts 8 feedbacks

Any Bets?

Does anyone want to take any bets on how long Palin lasts before she's dropped from the ticket?

In the past few day since she was named as McSame's Veep pick so much stuff has now came out that does not bode well for her continuing on the ticket, and I'm not talking about the baby switch story. There is troopergate and another questionable firing when she was mayor of that hick town up there. There are people in Alaska that are questioning her fitness for being vice-president and a heartbeat away from the presidency, including her own mother-in-law. And I've gotten the impression that there are some in the Alaskan Government that aren't too thrilled with her either. And now it comes out that McSame and the GOP are finally sending people up to Alaska to thoroughly vet her. Who knows what they are going to find?

What do you guys think? Is she going to make a decision that she has to spend more time with her family, or is she going to hang out to the end?

Permalink09/01/08, 07:57:05 pm, by icarol Email , 337 views, User Posts 26 feedbacks

Levee failing near the St. Bernard Parish line

Permalink09/01/08, 07:22:54 pm, by oralloy Email , 147 views, User Posts 2 feedbacks

Look who selected Palin.

I figured these asswipes had a hand in this.

"Last week, while the media focused almost obsessively on the DNC's spectacle in Denver, the country's most influential conservatives met quietly at a hotel in downtown Minneapolis to get to know Sarah Palin. The assembled were members of the Council for National Policy, an ultra-secretive cabal that networks wealthy right-wing donors together with top conservative operatives to plan long-term movement strategy.
CNP members have included Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Grover Norquist, Tim LaHaye and Paul Weyrich. At a secret 2000 meeting of the CNP, George W. Bush promised to nominate only pro-life judges; in 2004, then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told the group, "The destiny of the nation is on the shoulders of the conservative movement." This year, thanks to Sarah Palin's selection, the movement may have finally aligned itself behind the campaign of John McCain.
Minnery added that his boss, Dobson, has yearned for a conservative female leader like Margaret Thatcher to emerge on the American scene. And while Palin is no Thatcher, "she has not rejected the feminine side of who she is, so for that reason, she will be attractive to conservative voters."

The members of the Council for National Policy are the hidden hand behind McCain's Palin pick. With her selection, the Republican nominee is suddenly -- and unexpectedly -- assured of the support of a movement that once opposed his candidacy with all its might. Case in point: while Dobson once said he could "never" vote for McCain, he issued a statement last week hailing Palin as an "outstanding" choice. If Dobson's enthusiasm for Palin is any indication, he may soon emerge from his bunker in Colorado Springs to endorse McCain, providing the Republican nominee with the grassroots support of the Christian right's single most influential figure. "
Read the rest here.

Time for Obama to stop catering to these lunatics and work on getting out the base instead.

Permalink09/01/08, 11:46:30 am, by speedy Email , 211 views, User Posts 6 feedbacks

Screw Convention - We've Got Photo Ops

Yeah, most of the big whigs will be down south courting Gustov -- to show the nation they are compassionatley hard at work.

Maybe show up via satelite feed.

Goes down with one of the better Sienfeld shows.

Permalink09/01/08, 11:41:59 am, by dajavoodooo Email , 168 views, User Posts 4 feedbacks

Dozens Detained Ahead of Convention

It's now illegal to think bad thoughts about Republicans.

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On the weekend before the Republican National Convention, law enforcement agencies detained dozens of people and issued a series of search warrants aimed at groups believed to be organizing demonstrations while delegates and Republican officials are in town.

Authorities have searched several homes in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul Saturday ahead of the opening of the Republican National Convention.


The searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff's office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Permalink09/01/08, 10:45:06 am, by Timbuk3 Email , 408 views, Latest Posts 2 feedbacks